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Frisco Trail named Trail of the Month by Rails to Trails Conservancy
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy chose Fayetteville’s Frisco Trail as the Trail of the Month for December 2013. This national non-profit organization has a mission to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. They have highlighted the Frisco Trail due to the unique combination of utilizing an abandoned and active railroad corridor for development of a multi-use trail. Along with the designation of trail of the month, the organization has also prepared a detailed article covering the history of the railroad corridor and current development along the trail. To view this article, please click the link below.
Construction of a 1/2 mile extension of Frisco Trail began in August of 2013 by local contractor, Boulder Construction. This important trail extension is part of the 36-mile Razorback Regional Greenway and will provide safe pedestrian and bicycle connections to the numerous residents and businesses around Walker Park, as well as the future Tsa La Gi (Cherokee) trail to be extended west along the abandoned rail line south of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. The Frisco Trail Extension includes a tunnel under Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and signalized crosswalk at South School and three bridges crossing streams. The steel bridges are prefabricated and delivered to site, which allows quick installation. Weathering steel, also known as "Cor-ten" steel, is used for the bridges to eliminate the need for painting, as the steel forms a stable rust-like coating when exposed to weather. One of the bridges was installed on January 23rd, and the second bridge will be installed on January 30th with the remaining bridge to be installed during the first week in February. The Frisco Trail Extension is expected to be finished and open to the public in April of 2014.
For additional information on the project, please contact the City of Fayetteville Engineering Division office at 479-575-8206 or visit http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov