Work is set to begin this week on a new trail connection and bridge over Hamestring Creek in west Fayetteville.
The project is located west of Interstate 49 between Mount Comfort Road and Wedington Drive, and will provide a bicycle and pedestrian connection to Hamestring Creek Trail between the Pine Valley neighborhood and the hundreds of residents north of Wedington Drive.
The work includes adding a 20-foot-wide by 24-foot-long bridge over Hamestring Creek and building about 700 linear feet of 10-foot-wide concrete trail between Woodridge Drive and the existing trail.
The trail will remain open during the work, but trail users are asked to use caution around construction equipment.
The first step in the project includes removing about 13 trees to make room for the new trail. Officials said all trees larger than 8 inches in diameter will be repurposed for streamside protection by the Watershed Conservation Resource Center.
Hamestring Creek Trail was built in 2007 and extends 0.6 miles along the north side of Hamestring Creek through parkland abutting the Pine Valley subdivision. On-street neighborhood bike lanes connect to Shiloh Drive where the Meadow Valley Trail continues under I-49 at Porter Road and extends east to the Razorback Greenway.
Staff said the city has received many requests over the past few years for a bridge over Hamestring Creek to connect more neighborhoods to the trail system. The project is funded by the voter-approved 2019 bond issue.
For more information, visit the city’s website at https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3710/Hamestring-Bridge.