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story.lead_photo.caption FILE -- A car is parked Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, on Ila Street near Shady Avenue, south of Wilson Park in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/STACY RYBURN)

FAYETTEVILLE -- A temporary program will slow vehicle traffic around Wilson Park, according to a city news release.

The Slow Streets program, beginning Tuesday, aims to make the area safer for pedestrians and cyclists, the release said.

Signs will discourage traffic through the neighborhood and inform drivers of lowered speed limits on Trenton Boulevard between North College and North Park avenues, North Park Avenue between Trenton and West Prospect Street and West Prospect Street between North Park and North Wilson avenues.

The Wilson Park area was chosen to test the "slow streets" concept because of the increased use of the city park during the covid-19 pandemic, according to the release.

The city hopes the test will increase awareness of the concept and plans to gather information and resident feedback.

Neighborhood residents and their visitors, park guests, service providers and emergency responders will still have access to the roads, according to the release.

The program will be in effect 24/7 for about 12 weeks.

The city is notifying neighborhood residents, according to the release.

Bentonville tested the Slow Streets program Sunday and Monday with several downtown streets.

NW News on 05/23/2020

Print Headline: Program aims to slow traffic, increase safety around Wilson Park

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