71B Corridor Plan
71B Corridor Plan
In 2018, Fayetteville launched a community planning process to rethink the 71B corridor. A critical goal was to engage the community to help develop strategies to improve the corridor’s economic vitality, increase affordable housing, make it safe and convenient for all modes of travel, encourage active and healthy living, and create an attractive front door to Fayetteville’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.
The 71B Corridor Master Plan Document, Illustrative Plan and Transportation Framework represent the project’s major work products. These documents and illustrations are the result of an extensive citizen participation process which involved a detailed citizen survey, focus group discussions, five highly interactive public workshops/design studios, monthly 71B Steering Committee meetings, and input from our Planning Commission and Members of our City Council. The consultant team completed a detailed parcel-by-parcel analysis of the entire corridor, which is summarized in the Master Plan Document and depicted on the Illustrative plan.
On December 17, 2019, the City Council approved a work program to implement the 71B Corridor Plan
As depicted on the Illustrative Plan Transportation Framework, Fayetteville residents and business owners want to address increasing traffic congestion problems on the northern end of the corridor, and improve aesthetics, safety, economic vitality, and development potential throughout the corridor. Common themes were a desire to make strategic public improvements to attract private investment and improve the corridor’s image and livability. Participants understood 71B Corridor improvements would happen gradually and take time to complete, but that didn’t diminish their support for taking bold action and getting started immediately.
Initial projects identified for possible bond funding included:
- Alleviating congestion on the northern end by constructing parallel north/south connections
- Reconstructing the section between Township and North Streets as shown on the Illustrative Plan by adding medians for better traffic control
- Reconstructing sidewalks to make it safer for pedestrians
- Adding bus shelters and transit lanes at key intersections
The corridor carries less traffic south of downtown and this section has been identified for “rightsizing” as shown on the illustrative plan to gain more space for pedestrian and bicycle amenities and to make it more livable and attractive for residential development.
Current Status / Next Steps
The City is in the process of implementing the 71B Corridor Plan, including design and construction of public improvements shown in the plan and rezoning the associated regulating plan to be initiated by the Planning Commission.
- View the Agenda for the 71B Corridor Plan Steering Committee kickoff meeting 7-12-18.
- View the video of the 71B Corridor Plan Steering Committee kickoff meeting 7-12-18.
- View the list of community volunteers who have agreed to serve on the 71B Steering Committee.
- Consultant Contract and Scope of Work for 71B Corridor Plan