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City to 'swap' land with church to continue Harahan Bridge project

A $37 million federal grant to build the Harahan Bridge pedestrian path will see the light, thanks to a holy land swap. A $37 million federal grant to build the Harahan Bridge pedestrian path will see the light, thanks to a holy land swap.

(WMC-TV) - The one thing standing between the Harahan Bridge project and its completion is one place of worship.

First Unitarian Church of Memphis owns land right in the path of the planned pedestrian path between the edge of the Mississippi River and the Harahan Bridge.

The city wants to build a deck to connect the edge of the river to the bridge.

"I believe the church elders have blessed this project," said Memphis councilman Jim Strickland.

A $37 million federal grant to build the Harahan Bridge pedestrian path will see the light, thanks to a holy land swap.

The city and church plan to simply swap plots of land to allow pedestrians a straight shot from land to bridge. The city will build a deck connecting the riverfront to the bridge.

"People will come from across the country, from across the world to ride bikes across the Mississippi River," said Strickland.

The city has two years to complete the project. Click here to see a slideshow of the past and future of the project.

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