Midtown Corridor Project
The Midtown Corridor is one of many transportation improvement projects identified in the Fayetteville Mobility Plan. This important, and mostly flat east-west connection includes sections of Porter Road, Deane Street, Garland Avenue, Sycamore Street, Popular Street, and Woodland Avenue. Improvements planned for this area will facilitate safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation from Porter to College Avenue through street improvements, on-street bikeways, and separated bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
- Porter Road/I-49 interchange: The project originally planned for a roundabout in this location. After the initial traffic study was completed, it was determined that the best option for this intersection would be a standard intersection with the addition of dual left turn lanes from Porter Road onto the I-49 entrance ramp. To accommodate the dual left turn lanes, widening of the on-ramp will be necessary.
- 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.
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.
How will it be funded?
Design and construction of the Midtown Trail Corridor will be partially funded with bond monies approved by the votes in April, 2019
What is the Current Status?
Development of the construction plans is underway by Olsson, Inc. and portions of the project should be completed for City review by the summer of 2021.