$2 million pledged towards foot bridge across Miss. River - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

$2 million pledged towards foot bridge across Miss. River

(WMC-TV) - Two million dollars has officially been pledged to develop downtown Memphis and the Harahan Bridge that will connect the Bluff City to Arkansas.

City leaders say the funding for the Harahan Bridge Project is a step in the right direction. They say it's a project that will allow increased accessibility for residents, workers and tourists.

Paul Morris, president of the Downtown Memphis Commission, says he's proud to see progress being made on a plan to improve the Harahan Bridge.

"The vision of being able to ride your bike or maybe run a marathon across the Harahan Bridge with its breathtaking views of Arkansas, the Mississippi River, and Memphis is something people are excited about," said Morris.

The Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corporation board approved $2 million toward a $30 million project that would fix up Main Street downtown, add pedestrian access to the Harahan Bridge and connect it to West Memphis.

According to Morris, the $2 million is part of matching funds for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant.

"We're looking to them to see if they'd contribute towards this project," he said. "That would obviously take us pretty far down the road."

Morris will be going to Washington, D.C., Wednesday to gain support for this project.

"We're going to be meeting with Department of Transportation folks to tell them about this project and another project Memphis has on the table," he said.

Morris said the Downtown Memphis Commission money comes from a capital fund for parking garage and infrastructure Downtown. The money is contingent on the project gaining the federal grant.

"We're going to have to get help from the state, county and federal government to make this a real project," he said

The Downtown portion of the project includes $11 million to $12 million in improvements from Uptown to the bridge, including better lighting, pavement repair, more trash cans and additional landscaping.

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