Trail section over Lake Fayetteville Dam reopens

Photo: Courtesy, City of Fayetteville

The most popular trail sections in Fayetteville has reopened after a construction project to repair and widen the trail.

City of Fayetteville officials this afternoon announced that the section of the Razorback Greenway that runs across the Lake Fayetteville dam has reopened after about 3 months.

The 17-year-old asphalt surface was in poor condition, officials said in January, with visible cracks, bumps and chipped edges along the one-third mile stretch between the lake marina and the spillway bridge.

An early concept for the project proposed dividing the dam trail into two sections with bike traffic on one side and foot traffic on the other, but the final plan called for widening the 12-foot path to 16 feet and replacing the aged asphalt with a concrete surface along the entire length of the dam.

Overall usage counts show that the dam trail is the most-used trail segment in the Fayetteville system. Data collected in spring 2019 showed an average of 1,376 users per day or 41,280 users per month. An intercept survey from the same period showed that 43% of users were on a bicycle, 40% were walking and 13% were running.

The project included $150,000 in funding through the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Recreational Trails Program, which provides money for maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, and construction of new trails.