City leaders look to repair major roads, intersections with federal funding

Major roads, intersection due for upgrades

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis city leaders are taking a serious look at what transportation projects need their attention in the future.

They held a meeting Wednesday night seeking public input.

Community and city leaders have already identified several areas in need of improvement, like Cleveland and Union, where they want to add buffered bike lanes, better sidewalks.

Because of previous meetings, Elvis Presley Boulevard will also be getting a complete overhaul.

“We’ll be completely tearing up the street lights, redoing all the sidewalks, asphalt everything,” said Transportation Planning Manager Stephen Edwards.

In the next couple of months there will be a groundbreaking for the Hampline, connecting the greenline at Shelby farms to Overton Park.

“So basically we’ll be creating a seamless connection by bike and by foot between our two largest most popular parks,” said City Bikeway and Pedestrian Manager Nicholas Oyler.

City leaders will be submitting applications to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which equals federal dollars for transportation projects starting in 2020.

Pedestrian Robert Hatfield lives in the Cooper-Young area. He expressed how important new improvements would be.

“I live in Cooper-Young and I ride my bike to the medical district often or vice-versa and so all those connectors between midtown to downtown, that’s very important to me,” said Hatfield.

19 intersections were highlighted for major infrastructure improvement. Most were decided during the Memphis 3.0 project.

The TIP dollars improves traffic signals, landscaping, bridges and pavement resurfacing which can help another Memphis transportation problem.

“The potholes and things like that as we’re milling these roads now, we’re actually fixing the underside of the road,” said Hatfield.

The city will be submitting their suggestions to Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO, which is made up of mayors from the area. Each mayor will give one vote.

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