MPD seeks to trim Mud Island traffic delays during bridge closur - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD seeks to trim Mud Island traffic delays during bridge closure

Construction on the bridge (Source: WMC Action News 5) Construction on the bridge (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Police Department is working to solve the traffic nightmare that cropped up on the Mud Island this week.

Construction closed A.W. Willis Avenue between Front Street and Island Drive, beginning Monday morning. That closure caused a number of traffic complaints and delays.

After several days of traffic congestion, MPD placed officers on Mud Island Road and Second Street between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. in an effort to trim down traffic delays.

"I'm glad that they're out here," Shelly Uhrich said.

The repairs are being made as another step to bring the Riverfront Loop of the MATA trolley service back. Work on the track is expected to last until sometime on Monday, Oct. 16.

Despite these added steps, drivers were again bumper to bumper on Mud Island Drive on Wednesday.

WMC Action News 5's Tiffany Neely took the commute to check out the traffic. It took seven minutes to get through the stop-and-go traffic from the northern most point of Island Drive to Booker T. Washington Park, which is about two miles.

The difference is enough to be noteworthy for regular drivers of the route.

"Generally going downtown, it's not that difficult, but when something's happening it is," Karen Bartlett said.

Be sure to tune into WMC5's Traffic Tracker, Janeen Gordon, every weekday morning from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on WMC Action News 5 for daily traffic delays and detours.

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