"Passing of the cost share is going to enable us to proceed with 4 easement areas that are for our trail system for the growing trail system in the south part of town," Matt Mihalevich, Trails Coordinator said.
Construction on a tunnel under Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. will soon be complete, connecting the south side to the rest of the city.
The city council agreement will allow for the construction of new trails in that area.
"It's worked out, it's always been our master plan to have that trail and the timing is working out great to go ahead and get them connected in right to the University, to Dickson Street. Providing them those facilities for alternative transportation which is really our goal," he said.
With the extra foot traffic heading toward downtown Fayetteville, the Dickson Street railroad crossing will receive half a million dollars worth of safety improvements including crossing gates and additional lights.
"There will actually be another gate a separate one that comes down and blocks the sidewalk there and actually a gate that swings and closes off the railroad tracks when there's no direct trains coming so that pedestrians can't just turn and walk down the railroad tracks."
To make room for the improvements, the trail on Dickson will move a few feet east.
"Just modifications, not a huge deal, but part of the project," Mihalevich said.
The Arkansas Missouri Railroad and the city will split the 500,000 cost. The city is working to find grant funds to help pay for their portion.
Construction will begin in 2015.