FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 31, 2022
Contact: Dane Eifling
Public Works, Engineering Division
City to celebrate completion of Mission-Razorback Connector
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and walking tour Monday, Nov. 7, to celebrate the completion of the Mission-Razorback Connector bikeway.
The event will begin at 4 p.m. at the intersection of N. Wilson Ave. and W. Prospect St. – the northwest corner of Wilson Park, just east of the Razorback Regional Greenway.
Speakers will include Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan; Matt Mihalevich, active transportation manager for the City; and Jeremy Pate, deputy director of the Walton Family Foundation Home Region Program.
The Mission-Razorback Connector is a 1.1-mile bike and pedestrian route on Prospect St., Park Ave., Trenton Blvd. and Rebecca St. that connects the Razorback Greenway to Mission Blvd. through Wilson Park and the Washington-Willow Historic District. It provides active transportation and improved recreation opportunities for over 3,700 residents within 1/4 mile of the project.
Construction of the project was funded by a $385,000 grant from the Walton Family Foundation, as well as the Trail Improvement Bond approved by Fayetteville residents as part of the 2019 Bond Package.
The most significant part of the improvements is a mountable raised side path along the north side of Trenton for pedestrians and bicyclists, which can be driven on by vehicles for passing when clear. No on-street parking throughout the corridor was lost while making the improvements.
Also, the sidewalk on Prospect from the Razorback Greenway to Wilson was widened to a 10 ft. side path, and the intersection of Prospect and Wilson was improved to provide enhanced bike and pedestrian access to Wilson Park.
The remaining portions of the route include shared bike lane markings and improved wayfinding signage.
The Mission-Razorback Connector is a component of the planned 11-mile Parkside Loop that will be fully connected with the completion of the Mission Blvd. Trail project, which is set to begin construction later in 2022. For more Information about all the Mission-Razorback Connector, go to: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/4032/Mission---Razorback-Connector.
A survey about usage of the Mission-Razorback Connector has been posted to Speak Up Fayetteville, the City’s online engagement portal. To take it, go to: https://speakup.fayetteville-ar.gov.