With more than 10,000 jobs and 20% of the City’s residents located within one mile of this segment, the historic College Ave/71B north-south primary arterial corridor needs to keep pace with the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The corridor is situated near many valuable local assets including two medical campuses, a 15-acre shopping center, and thriving cultural and business districts.
The corridor faces key challenges such as negative public perception, disconnected sidewalks and pedestrian access, long-term vacancies, limited neighborhood connectivity, and vehicle-dominated infrastructure.
The Health Opportunity:
Project leaders believe that framing issues through a health lens will help increase stakeholder buy in, and will ultimately benefit the greater region of Northwest Arkansas. This includes the ability to improve connectivity by capitalizing on the 37-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, which runs parallel to the corridor and connects to every major downtown in Northwest Arkansas.
In the News
Video: Changes coming to Highway 71B after group receives grant
September 15, 2017
Urban Land Institute NWA Seeks Input About Ways to Reimagine Hwy. 71 Corridor
September 14, 2017
NPR – KUAF