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Meadow Valley Trail
Where is this Trail?
This trail is located at 1167 W. Knapp Street.
The paved shared use trail is 2.0 miles long.
The Meadow Valley Trail connects to Scull Creek Trail, just north of Poplar Street and extends west along the south edge of the University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station toward Garland Ave. At Garland, the trail then heads northwest through the Agri Park and safely crosses under Garland Avenue through a new tunnel. From the tunnel the trail continues west along Knapp Street, then back south under I-49 along the west side of Porter Road, connecting to the bike lanes and sidewalks along Porter and Mt. Comfort Roads. The trail has been named in recognition of Meadow Valley School, a one room schoolhouse originally built in 1885 near the intersection of Porter and Mount Comfort Roads. It was later moved to what is now Agri Park on Garland, and is no longer standing.
This important addition to Fayetteville’s trail system was initiated by strong citizen support for a connection from the north-south backbone made up of Frisco and Scull Creek Trails to the numerous residents, schools and destinations west of I-49. Creating safe crossings of major roads was a primary focus of the design of Meadow Valley Trail. There are limited locations along I-49 suitable for a trail crossing but the bridges at Porter Road created an opportunity for a safe and efficient crossing under the interstate. Garland Avenue (Highway 112) creates another challenging trail crossing, so a tunnel has been installed to allow a seamless trail connection under the busy highway.
The tunnel, which is located near the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Arena, is 10 feet tall by 12 foot wide and 270 feet long. To accelerate the installation and limit road closure, the tunnel is constructed of precast box culvert sections that were quickly installed with a crane. The precast sections were manufactured locally by Scurlock Industries of Fayetteville. The tunnel also features bright, energy efficient LED lights that are on all hours of the day and night. To conserve energy, two of the tunnel lights closest to the openings of the tunnel where sunlight illuminates are activated by a photocell and are only on during the night. To control drainage and keep the tunnel dry, a sump pump has been included at the lowest point. The trail and approach ramps have been designed so only the rain water that falls directly on the trail will need to be pumped out, all other stormwater is directed away from the trail and tunnel to minimize the flow to the sump pump. Unlike the other tunnels on the trail system that were originally constructed for storm drainage and modified to include the trail, this tunnel was designed and installed specifically for the trail and will remain clean and dry.
Meadow Valley Trail along Garland Ave.