The Harahan Bridge              ProjectHarahanbridgeproject.com
The Idea:Unused Roadways on the Harahan Bridge                                        2
In case you are wondering where the         Harahan Bridge is:
In downtown Memphis
Across the Mississippi River           Harahan Bridge
HARAHAN BRIDGEHarahan Bridge                    Memphis-                  Arkansas Bridge                       I-55Frisco...
Reopened as a bike/ped walkway
HOW DO WE GET THERE?
19671971197519801999
ITS ABOUT WINNING!  HARAHAN BRIDGE
Created Many PathsLeading to Success
RESEARCH
BUILD COMMUNITY SUPPORT       (We happened upon a wealthy benefactor).Who “coincidentally” was starting an      electric b...
Meetings with the   City and County Mayors(from both sides of the river)
Taking the Mayors to meet the CEO of Union Pacific led to Cooperation with              the railroad
Positive local press coverage
Broad Partnership                       Harahan Bridge Project           Downtown Memphis Commission     City of West Memp...
HARAHAN FUNDINGIn June received a TIGER         grant of:$14.9 Million  Dollars!
The Short Version                 +                         +                         +                          Electric ...
Main Street to Main Street Connector Project   Connecting Memphis, TN to West Memphis, AR over the Harahan Bridge10 - Mile...
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  • How do we get there
  • All these problems - - funding, communuity support, railroad, politcs…In 67’ there was discussion of reopening for auto traffic, as the Memphis Arkansas Bridge would get backed up. In 71’ there was a strong push led by a guy named Poppenhiemer In 75’ it was again proposed by MATCOG (MS. AR. TN. Coalition of Governments) In 99’ there was another effort. Cindy Buchanan, Marty Regan, Susan Jones and others had a meeting with UP.Benny Lendermon, and Larry Smith may have been involved as well.UP was emphatically against the idea, bringing a host of lawyers to the meeting to douse the fire.None of the Memphis folks involved know about the deeds of ownership. Darrell Eldred told me there was a group that looked at it quietly in the 80’s.He told me they knew about the deeds, but decided not pursue it.I found no newspaper articles and no one else has told me about this effort??? 
  • Garner resources and keep energy high!
  • Garner resources and keep energy high! – LOTS OF OPTIONS – if one path didn’t work…try another! Multiple steps for getting moneyTiger, State, CityPrivate findationsIndividual camapginsSmall donors – selloing plank by plank - like with bricks
  • In researching the project, we found the deeds of ownership for the roadways
  • Taking the Mayors to meet the CEO of Union Pacific, (owners of the bridge) led to Cooperation with the railroad
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    1. 1. The Harahan Bridge ProjectHarahanbridgeproject.com
    2. 2. The Idea:Unused Roadways on the Harahan Bridge 2
    3. 3. In case you are wondering where the Harahan Bridge is:
    4. 4. In downtown Memphis
    5. 5. Across the Mississippi River Harahan Bridge
    6. 6. HARAHAN BRIDGEHarahan Bridge Memphis- Arkansas Bridge I-55Frisco Bridge
    7. 7. Reopened as a bike/ped walkway
    8. 8. HOW DO WE GET THERE?
    9. 9. 19671971197519801999
    10. 10. ITS ABOUT WINNING! HARAHAN BRIDGE
    11. 11. Created Many PathsLeading to Success
    12. 12. RESEARCH
    13. 13. BUILD COMMUNITY SUPPORT (We happened upon a wealthy benefactor).Who “coincidentally” was starting an electric bike company
    14. 14. Meetings with the City and County Mayors(from both sides of the river)
    15. 15. Taking the Mayors to meet the CEO of Union Pacific led to Cooperation with the railroad
    16. 16. Positive local press coverage
    17. 17. Broad Partnership Harahan Bridge Project Downtown Memphis Commission City of West Memphis City of Memphis Crittenden County Shelby County State of Tennessee State of ArkansasMemphis Area Transit Union Pacific Authority
    18. 18. HARAHAN FUNDINGIn June received a TIGER grant of:$14.9 Million Dollars!
    19. 19. The Short Version + + + Electric Bikes Advocates Elected Officials + TIGER GRANT =Union Pacific The Harahan Bridge Project
    20. 20. Main Street to Main Street Connector Project Connecting Memphis, TN to West Memphis, AR over the Harahan Bridge10 - Mile Multi-Model Corridor $30 Million Improvement Project

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