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After 25 Years, Fayetteville Loop Opens

Posted April 17, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Orange barrels, traffic jams, and road repairs are all included in the price of progress. Now, a 25-year-old highway project is complete in Fayetteville, allowing commuters to bypass congested streets and time-consuming stoplights.

The final section of the Fayetteville Central Business District Loop opened to traffic Thursday. The newly-opened half-loop is over four miles long, connecting southern parts of Fayetteville with northern parts of the city.

Sonny Cain, the resident engineer for the quarter-century-old project, says that he is very pleased with the completion of the Loop.

The 55-mile-long C.B.D. Loop is designed to alleviate congestion around Fayetteville by providing motorists with several lanes of stoplight-free communting around the city.

Also, the Emergency Medical Services building is just off of the Loop. Officials there hope that this new highway will increase their crews' response times to and from accidents.

Engineers say that the initially-opened sections of the highway, in use since the 1970's, are still in good condition.