This project will create a bicycle and pedestrian connection between the large residential areas north of Wedington Drive (Hwy16) and provide access to the Meadow Valley Trail and Razorback Greenway with a new bridge over Hamestring Creek.
Why is it Important?
The City has received many requests for this connection over the years. Currently people in the Wedington Corridor must choose to ride or walk on the unsafe bridge over I-49 or to go north they cross Hamestring creek over a sewer line capped with concrete. During high water this is not an option. This new bridge will create an all-weather trail connection across Hamestring Creek to the Meadow Valley Trail and the Razorback Regional Greenway.
What is the Current Status?
The bridge and trail improvements have been conceptually designed and can be constructed completely on city park land. No property accusations will be necessary. The flood study is complete and has proven that the new bridge will not change the existing stream capacity or result in any increase in flooding upstream.
Design plans are currently 60% complete and final plans are anticipated by the end of 2020 with bidding and construction starting in early 2021.
When Will it be Completed?
This project is anticipated for construction in early 2021.
How is it Funded?
Funding for the City’s portion of the project comes from the 2019 Bond Issue that was approved by voters in April, 2019.