Street fight over proposed intersection closure - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Street fight over proposed intersection closure

Kemmons Wilson, George and Shea Flinn, and Brad Martin, who played host to President Bush this week, are all names on a street closure application.

It's one that would permanently close Goodwyn Street at Southern Avenue.

"We're not trying to create a gated community," says neighborhood association president Will Deupree.

But a gate is at the center of the plan. It's a big brick gate, which would block the street right next to Memphis Country Club.

"If our street had sidewalks, if our street had speed bumps, if our street had a lot of things that could control the speed, I don't even think we'd be bringing this up," says Deupree.

He says the goal is not to keep anybody out. Rather, it's to put the brakes on speeders.

The limit on the street is 35. But we didn't clock any excessive speeders using a radar gun. Deupree admits, it may be more of an occasional concern.

"I don't think that's no good," says one motorist.

People who live, literally, on the other side of the tracks don't agree with a gate.

"Because I believe it should be open to the public to let the public drive through there," says one resident.

"We don't want to put an inconvenience on anybody out there," says Deupree.

But some say a closure would close them out.

The public will get ample opportunity to comment on this proposed closure. The city council will then make the final decision. By the way, the neighborhood association is willing to foot the bill for the big gate.

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