Fayetteville committee considering trails plan

Posted: November 1, 2017 at 1:04 a.m.

File Photo/NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER A large crane is used to hoist a bridge 130 feet long and 12 feet wide to place over Cato Springs Branch in Fayetteville on Aug. 30. The 3-mile Cato Springs Trail will extend the Razorback Greenway to Kessler Mountain Regional Park. Construction of the trail is scheduled to wrap by the end of the year.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The city's Transportation Advisory Committee will take a look at proposed trail connections through 2023 during tonight's meeting.

The city has nearly 22 miles of trails planned. The Capital Improvements Plan allots $1.5 million every year for trail development and surface replacement.

Proposed trail construction projects

2018

• Clabber Creek Trail (Van Asche): Gregg Avenue to Razorback Greenway

• Niokaska Creek Trail: Mud Creek Trail to Gulley Park

• Niokaska Creek Trail: Old Wire Road, Mission Boulevard to Gulley Park

• Old Farmington Trail: Walnut Crossing

• Rupple Road Trail: Mount Comfort Road to Starry Night View

• Tsa La Gi Trail: Beechwood Avenue to Razorback Road

• Total: 4.8 miles

2019

• Mission Boulevard Trail: Viewpoint Drive to Rush Drive

• Clabber Creek Trail: Holcomb School to Van Asche Drive

• Rupple Road Trail: Wedington Drive to Hamestring Creek

• Total: 4.08 miles

2020

• Hamestring Creek Trail: Salem Road to Rupple Road, connection to Bryce Davis Park

• Shiloh Trail: Moore Lane to Hamestring Trail

• Hamestring Trail Bridge: Hamestring Trail to Woodridge Drive

• St. Paul Trail: Razorback Greenway to St. Paul Trail

• Total: 3.31 miles

2021

• Shiloh Trail (includes cycle track): Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Regional Park

• Owl Creek Trail: Shiloh Trail to Broyles Road

• Total: 3.21 miles

2022

• Tsa La Gi Trail along MLK Jr. Boulevard: Rupple Road to I-49

• Shiloh Trail: Hamestring Creek Trail to MLK Jr. Boulevard

• Total — 3.34 miles

2023

• St. Paul Trail: Armstrong Avenue to Dead Horse Mountain Road, includes bridge over White River

• Drake Street (includes cycle track): Gordon Long Park to College Avenue, includes bridge over Scull Creek)

• Regional Park Loop Trail: Kessler Mountain Regional Park

• Total: 3.12 miles

Source: City of Fayetteville

The committee revisits the long-term plan every year to make adjustments, said Matt Mihalevich, trail coordinator for the city. For example, the Clabber Creek Trail along Van Asche Drive from Gregg Avenue to the Razorback Greenway, was moved to next year.

"For design and everything, we try to be at least a year ahead," Mihalevich said.

Other major projects include new trails or connections along Old Wire Road from Mission Boulevard to Gulley Park, Clabber Creek Trail from Holcomb School to Van Asche Drive and completing the Kessler Mountain Regional Park loop trail.

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Council Member Sarah Marsh, who also sits on the committee, suggested the St. Paul trail should be extended to the Razorback Greenway next year, as opposed to 2020. The trail would better connect residents to the Commerce District, also known as the industrial park in the southeast edge of town.

"If we can make it easy and safe and convenient to get to those jobs in the Commerce District, it would help not only the workers but it would provide a more stable employment base for those industries out there," she said.

The committee tries to build about 3 miles each year, so something in next year's schedule would have to be moved around.

Paxton Roberts, a resident member of the committee, said the public is welcome to chime in on the plan.

"Fayetteville is doing an amazing job with trails, but there are some important gaps where different people in different parts of the city aren't connected yet," he said.

The committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 326 at City Hall, 113 W. Mountain St.

NW News on 11/01/2017