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Plan would extend Memphis Greenline across Mississippi River

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A plan to revive the Harahan Bridge is officially on track Friday.

The structure connects Downtown Memphis to Arkansas.  It could mean major business for the Bluff City.

Charles McVean, CEO of McVean Trading and Investments, and Memphis City Mayor A C Wharton arrived at Wilson Air Friday with news regarding a plan to the extend the Greenline across the Mississippi River.

The two, along with other city leaders, just returned from a meeting with the chairman of Union Pacific in Omaha, Nebraska.

"We want to make sure that what they expect from us is in synch with what we've contemplated we've had to do," said Wharton.

McVean and the Greater Memphis Greenline want to resurface the Harahan Bridge and add a pedestrian walkway to the north side of the bridge that would connect Memphis runners and cyclists to Arkansas' Mississippi River levees.

"This is much more than a bike lane," said Wharton.  "This is about health.  This is one of our platforms in our Memphis economic development, which is tourism."

The City of Memphis and Crittenden County own the rights to the roadway.  The structural steel on the railroad bridge will have to be analyzed to see if it is capable of holding pedestrians.

"This can become a significant global attraction for our region," said McVean.

No timeline has been set for adding the pedestrian walkway across the Mississippi River.  Wharton said the city is still waiting for more details from Union Pacific.

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