Midtown Corridor work begins in Fayetteville

The project includes a new east-west trail connection from I-49 to College Avenue.
A vehicle travels west along Deane Street near Lewis Avenue in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

FAYETTEVILLE — Construction has begun on a new east-west trail connection as part of the final phase of the Midtown Corridor Project.

A section of Deane Street was closed this week from Stephen Carr Memorial Boulevard to Sang Avenue to allow crews to widen the road and install storm drains.

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 Carr Boulevard and adding a roundabout in front of the new police headquarters. It also included sidewalks and a 12-foot trail on the north side of Deane.

The final phase will widen Deane from two to three lanes and continue the trail east to where it will cross the street at Lynn’s Place. From there, the trail will head south 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 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.

After crossing Gregg, 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 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.

Midtown Corridor Project plan (City of Fayetteville/Enlarge)