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
The Harahan Bridge ProjectHarahanbridgeproject.com
The Idea:Unused Roadways on the Harahan Bridge 2
In case you are wondering where the Harahan Bridge is:
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
HARAHAN FUNDINGIn June received a TIGER grant of:$14.9 Million Dollars!
The Short Version + + + Electric Bikes Advocates Elected Officials + TIGER GRANT =Union Pacific The Harahan Bridge Project
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