Intersection work to close Oak Ridge Trail section for 6 weeks

Center Street and Harmon Avenue (Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer)

A section of Oak Ridge Trail at the intersection of Center Street and Harmon Avenue will be closed for six weeks while crews work on a street improvement project.

Signs will notify trail users of the closure, and alternative routes to the University of Arkansas will be available along Duncan Avenue, according to a city news release.

The work includes installation of a traffic signal, turn lanes, new sidewalks and crosswalk improvements.

City officials said the intersection sees a high volume of pedestrian traffic from university students as well as a large number of vehicles turning left from Clinton Drive toward the Harmon Avenue parking deck. Numerous buses also travel through the intersection.

“Signalization will allow for a more orderly movement of traffic and a safer environment for pedestrians, and it will allow Razorback Transit buses to navigate the intersection more easily,” said Matt Casey, the city’s engineering design manager.

The nearly $2 million project is funded by transportation bonds that voters approved in 2019. The City Council in May approved a $1.75 million contract with NEC, Inc. for construction work. The cost for design and construction management was $179,765, and the land acquisition cost was $54,700.

Full design plans are available at