New pedestrian bridge under construction in downtown Memphis

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A new, 200 foot long pedestrian bridge had construction crews busy Thursday morning in downtown Memphis.

The bridge, the city's newest attraction, is located near the riverfront, and is being installed as part of a $1.5 million joint project by the University of Memphis and the Riverfront Development Corporation.

"It's a great urban project," said Benny Lendermon, President of the Riverfront Development Corporation

According to Lendermon, the bridge will connect the courtyard area and parking lot behind the University of Memphis Law School to Confederate Park, located right next door.

"Behind the law school will be green space and civic spots.  An urban park.  A very nice amenity to the urban fabric of downtown," he said.

The new overhead connection will keep pedestrians who would normally walk along Riverside Drive and Court Avenue safe from traffic.  It will also give people an up close view of the Mississippi River.

"This allows people to walk and enjoy the green space and the views at this level without having to climb down these stairs, walk across the street, around the building, and back up the stairs," Lendermon said.

Officials claim funding for the bridge will be met by the city's capital improvement budget and private donations.

Riverfront Development officials say they hope to see more of these types of bridges to begin popping up around other parts of the city, including Monroe or Union Avenue.

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