Fayetteville voters to decide on transportation projects


Stacy Ryburn of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is writing a series of stories about the bond initiatives listed as part of the 10ForFayetteville Campaign. So far each story in his series has been about one of the specific questions listed on the ballot — and how their passage would help reshape the future of our growing community. The story was mostly about Question 2: Road and Street Improvements.

FAYETTEVILLE -- No matter where residents live or their financial situations, they have to get around town. City leaders want to make it easier with a proposed transportation bond program.

Voters will be asked April 9 to continue the city's 1 percent sales tax to pay for about $226 million worth of projects. Early voting starts April 2. There will be 10 questions on the ballot, each pertaining to a different topic. The one for transportation is by far the largest.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan said the street improvements will be the most visible of the projects in the bond referendum.

"These projects run the gamut from major roadways such as 71B and the arterial loop, to improved sidewalk connectivity and bicycling tracks, to better signaling for increasing the walkability of our city," he said. "These street improvements foster business activity and provide a safe way for people to get around -- whether by foot, by car, by bike or on public transit."

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For the full text of the report, subscribers to the NWA Democrat-Gazette can read more here. You can read more information the build Fayetteville’s Future Campaign, 10-For Fayetteville at www.BuildFayettevillesFuture.com — or follow us on facebook, instagram and twitter.