Porter Road/Deane St./Sycamore St./Poplar St. Corridor

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What is this Project?

This project consists of several segments, with varied treatments for each segment:

  • Porter Road/I-49 interchange:  A roundabout at the northbound I-49 on ramp is proposed, to provide more capacity for traffic from Mount Comfort Road to enter the highway.
  • Porter Road and Deane Street (I-49 to Garland Ave):  Sidewalk improvements, turn lanes, bicycle accommodations, and transit improvements are proposed on this segment.  The new Police Building is also planned to be constructed on this segment.
  • Sycamore Street (Garland Ave to Gregg Ave):  Drainage improvements, curb and gutter, and widening to 3 lanes with bicycle accommodations and sidewalks are all planned west of Leverett Avenue.  East of Leverett Avenue, design for reallocation of the 4-lane roadway space to provide more space for bicycles and pedestrians is proposed.
  • Poplar Street (Razorback Greenway to Hwy 71B):  On-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect the Razorback Greenway to Woodland Junior High School, College Avenue, and future Sublet Creek Trail.
  • Information about the Midtown Trail Corridor Improvements which will facilitate bicycle transportation from Porter to College Avenue through street improvements, on-street bikeways, and separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities can be found at this webpage.  The public can go online to drop a pin on an interactive map and give ideas via Speak Up Fayetteville.  Residents can also reach out to the City’s trail coordinator, Matt Mihalevich, by email or telephone 479-444-3416.

Why is It Important?

Issues on this corridor are varied, and include traffic congestion at I-49, lack of pedestrian and bicycle facilities, drainage issues and congestion issues between Garland Avenue and Leverett Avenue, and an over-built section that could be reconfigured to three lanes with better bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

What is the Current Status?

On November 19th, City Council approved an engineering services agreement with Olsson, Inc. for design of multi-modal improvements along this corridor.  Survey work and a traffic study have been completed.

When Will it be Completed?

After design has been completed, a construction phasing plan will be developed based on the funding available in the first phase of the Bond Program.  It is anticipated that the first phase of construction will begin in 2021.

How is it Funded?

Funding for the project comes from the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.  Grant funding may be available for portions of the project.