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Leaders pitching Memphis improvements in Washington, D.C.

(WMC-TV) - Federal leaders were in Washington, D.C. Wednesday to pitch a downtown Memphis improvement plan and try to get funds to make it happen.

New streetscapes downtown, a pedestrian bridge connecting cyclists to Arkansas, and upgrades to the Main Street Mall are just some of the projects that leaders are pushing for.

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said he is proud to see progress being made on a plan to improve the Harahan Bridge that would connect cyclists and runners to West Memphis, Arkansas.

The Memphis Center City Revenue Fiance Corporation board approved $2 million toward the $30 million project that would fix up Main Street downtown.

According to Morris, the $2 million are part of matching funds for a US Department of Transportation grant.  That is why Memphis leaders were in Washington Wednesday.

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

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.

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