Close the ART Loop

The following list is meant to make this goal more actionable and SMART.  This list may not be complete.

9.1 Close ART at Riverfront Drive:  The City is improving this section of ART from the Titus Trail to Cedar Hill Dr., but the rest of it must be improved to meet the standards of a separated, shared-use facility appropriate for all ages and abilities.

9.2 Close ART at North Cantrell:  There is no trail facility from the eastern terminus of the Titus Trail to the West Terminus. The City is working with ArDOT in the context of their replacement of the Cantrell Bridge to create some of this section of ART.  The City must improve the ART to meet the separated, shared-use facility appropriate for all ages and abilities.

9.3 Close ART at Cantrell:  There is no trail facility from the West Terminus to the new UP bridge.  The City must improve the ART to meet the separated, shared-use facility appropriate for all ages and abilities.  Widening the sidewalk along Cantrell Rd. is not a design appropriate for the Arkansas River Trail due to the perceived safety risks of using a trail immediately adjacent to a state highway with 25K vehicles per day and a posted speed of 40 mph and an even higher operational speed.

9.4 Close ART at Medical Mile Ramp:  There is no connection from the western terminus of the Medical Mile to the new UP Bridge, rendering half of the Medical Mile useless.  The City has secured $1.6M in Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) funding to shore up the erosion at this location and create a ramp to create this ART connection.

9.5 Close ART at Rivermarket: While the ART from the Clinton Presidential Bridge to the start of the Medical Mile is mostly separated from vehicular traffic, the trail loses identity and therefore ridership in this section (especially behind Rivermarket).  The City must improve the ART to be an easily identified shared-use facility appropriate for all ages and abilities.