Hamestring Creek Trail bridge construction complete

Photo and maps: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

FAYETTEVILLE — A new trail connection is now ready for use on the south side of town.

Crews have completed the installation of a 20-foot-wide by 24-foot-long bridge over Hamestring Creek that, along with a new trail connection, should make it easier for hundreds of residents to access the city’s trail system and the Razorback Greenway.

The project is located west of Interstate 49 between Mount Comfort Road and Wedington Drive, and includes a bicycle and pedestrian connection to Hamestring Creek Trail between the Pine Valley neighborhood and the neighborhoods north of Wedington.

Trail construction began in March 2021, and crews in November moved onto installation of the bridge.

A crew works on Nov. 10 to prepare for the installation of the bridge. / Photo Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

City staff said residents in the Wedington Drive corridor have for many years requested a safer and easier way to access the trails.

Without the connection, residents had to either cross the Interstate 49 interchange bridge or use a capped sewer line to cross Hamestring Creek when headed toward the trail system. During high water, the sewer line crossing is not an option.

The new bridge creates an all-weather trail connection across the creek and through a small neighborhood to Meadow Valley Trail, which links with the greenway and the backbone of the city’s trail system.

The project is part of the 2019 voter-approved bond issue.