City opens new Sain Street extension in north Fayetteville

A car drives through a new roundabout at the intersection of Sain Street and Hemlock Avenue following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

The Sain Street extension is now open to traffic in north Fayetteville.

Officials on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the project, which began in March 2021 as part of a longterm plan to provide a direct connection from Joyce Boulevard to the Fulbright Expressway and Interstate 49.

The first phase included extending Sain Street from its dead end near Panera Bread to Vantage Drive which connects to Joyce Boulevard.

As part of the work, a roundabout was installed at Hemlock Avenue in front of the University of Arkansas Uptown campus. A 320-foot bridge was also constructed over Mud Creek.

The second phase of the project will extend Hemlock Avenue to East Millsap Road. Officials are considering closing Front Street’s intersection with Millsap as part of a redesign of the College Avenue intersection. If that closure is approved, drivers would need to use Hemlock and Sain to reach the businesses along Front Street.

(Map: Fayetteville Flyer)
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan speaks. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)
Chris Brown, the city’s public works director. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)
Ribbon-cutting (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)
Sain Street (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)