New east-west trail work to begin in Fayetteville

A vehicle travels west along Deane Street near Lewis Avenue in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

Construction will soon begin on a new east-west trail connection in Fayetteville.

City Council members last week voted 7-0 to approve a $14.6 million change order construction contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors, Inc. for the final phase of the Midtown Corridor Project.

The corridor runs 2.3 miles from Interstate 49 at the Porter Road exit to College Avenue at Poplar Street.

An earlier phase of the project included widening Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard from two to three lanes with a center turn lane and a roundabout at the intersection of Deane Street in front of the new police headquarters. It includes sidewalks on portions of Carr Boulevard and Deane Street, as well as a 12-foot trail on the north side of Deane.

The final phase will widen Deane Street from two to three lanes and continue the 12-foot trail east to where it will cross the street at Lynn’s Place.

From there, the trail will head south on Lynn’s Place and then east next to Tri Cycle Farms before crossing Garland Avenue onto Sycamore Street.

The 12-foot trail will continue along the south side of Sycamore Street toward the Razorback Greenway. A sidewalk is also planned on the north side of Sycamore.

To get near College Avenue, trail users will take the Greenway to Poplar Street and then head east on a new 12-foot trail that runs along the north side of Poplar to Gregg Avenue.

Midtown Corridor Project plan (City of Fayetteville/Enlarge)

After crossing Gregg Avenue, those using the trail can take an existing spur to Yates Avenue and then hop on a new 10-foot trail between Yates and Woodland Avenue.

An on-street route will head south along Woodland toward Gregory Park.

Officials said construction will begin in October and could last up to 18 months, depending on weather conditions.

Funding for the project comes from a $410,000 Walton Family Foundation design grant and from the bond issue Fayetteville voters approved in 2019.