Archibald Yell Blvd. Safety Improvements

Map of Archibald Yell Blvd safety improvements highlighting stretch from W MLK Blvd to E Rock St

What is this project?

Planned improvements on Archibald Yell Blvd. will reduce or eliminate mobility barriers, help calm traffic and make it safer to walk or drive this corridor. This multi-stage project includes traffic calming measure, lane reconfiguration, a bike/pedestrian lane and a new traffic signal.

Concepts have been developed as part of the Fayetteville Mobility Study, and as part of the Highway 71B Corridor Study, that include intersection improvements/signalization at College and Archibald Yell, and at South Street and Archibald Yell.

Why is It Important?

Archibald Yell Boulevard divides the historic downtown grid of streets south and east of the square. The 4-lane high-speed road is a barrier for access between neighborhoods to the south and east of downtown. Planned improvements will help improve mobility and safety for drivers and pedestrians. 

In addition, the intersection at Archibald Yell Blvd/College Ave/Rock St has a history of accidents and needs safety improvements. To see the concept illustrations, click the links under Current Related Documents.

Was there Public Input?

Yes. There was extensive public input and outreach associated with the Mobility and 71B Corridor Plans. In addition, the City conducted two surveys specifically about this project which had a total of over 700 responses. 

Results form those surveys can be found under the heading "Public Input Questionnaire Responses."

What is the Current Status?

Updated 6/1/2023

The asphalt and striping are complete. The islands and all curb and gutter on S. College and Rock are complete. S. College and Rock are now open to traffic.

Remaining work includes installation of rumble strips in the buffer area and installation of a traffic signal at South Street.

When Will it be Completed?

Construction began in July 2022. The project is expected to be completed in July 2023.

How is it Funded?

Funding for the project comes from the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.