Officials are ready to celebrate a new bikeway connector between the Razorback Greenway and Mission Boulevard.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and walking tour is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Prospect Street by Wilson Park.
Speakers will include Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, along with Matt Mihalevich, the city’s active transportation manager, and Jeremy Pate, deputy director of the Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program.
The 1.1-mile route uses Prospect Street, Park Avenue, Trenton Boulevard and Rebecca Street from Wilson Park to the Washington-Willow Historic District. Officials said the connector puts over 3,700 residents within a quarter mile of the new route.
Construction of the project was funded by a $385,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and bond money approved by voters in 2019.
The work included constructing a mountable raised side path along the north side of Trenton Boulevard which can be driven on by vehicles for passing when clear.
The project also included widening the sidewalk on Prospect to a 10-foot side path from the Razorback Greenway to Wilson Avenue, and improvements to the intersection at Prospect and Wilson.
The remaining portions of the route include shared bike lane markings and improved wayfinding signage.
Officials said no on-street parking was removed on any portion of the corridor when building the connector.
The plan is to connect the upgraded corridor to a new trail that’s currently being designed along Mission Boulevard.
Once complete, the two new sections will create the 11-mile Parkside Loop that includes sections of the Old Wire Cycle Track, Niokaska Creek Trail, Mud Creek Trail and the Razorback Greenway.