Downtown Sidewalk/Walkability Improvements
What is this Project?
Allocation of $3 million of funds for downtown sidewalks, lighting, curb ramps, and other pedestrian improvements.
Why is It Important?
Citizen feedback during the Fayetteville Mobility Plan and the Parking Master Plan indicated a desire for better walkability in the downtown area, especially between the downtown square and the entertainment district. Poor lighting, narrow and obstructed sidewalks, lack of curb ramps, and need for additional crosswalks were all identified as areas of concern. This allocation of funds will allow for implementation of these types of improvements, on street corridors within the downtown area.
What is the Current Status?
Spring Street Lighting
The goal of this project is to create a stronger connection between the Dickson Street Entertainment District and the Downtown District by installing matching lighting to create a more cohesive downtown experience. The lighting along Spring Street will encourage more people to feel safe and comfortable parking and walking along Spring Street to access the popular downtown destinations.
The lighting design includes alternating pole spacing along each side of Spring Street within the narrow green space to provide optimal lighting coverage on the sidewalks and roadway. The project includes decorative acorn style lighting to match College, Block, Church avenues and the Square. The lights are energy efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED), and a warm 3,000 Kelvin color has been chosen. The lights also include an optic that projects all light downward to the sidewalk and street to be dark-sky friendly. An electrical receptacle also has been included at the top of each light for optional holiday lighting.
Church Avenue - Mountain to Spring
Construction of the improvements are mostly complete. The utility companies will be relocating the overhead utilities underground in conduit installed by City crews. Once these facilities are relocated, the poles can be removed and the sidewalk can be completed.
Prairie Street and West Avenue
The City of Fayetteville Engineering Division is working on the design for this project. The design is complete.
Dickson Street - Arkansas to College
The project will include striping, enhanced pedestrian crossings, ADA ramp improvements, sidewalk widening in some locations, and lighting. Preliminary design has started on this project.
When Will it be Completed?
Church Avenue and Meadow Street: Construction is complete.
Prairie Street and West Avenue: Design is complete, and construction is expected in 2022 or 2023
Spring Street Lighting: Installation is set to begin Jan. 31, 2022.
How is it Funded?
Funding for the project comes from the Bond issue that voters approved in April 2019.