- Reopening the Harahan Bridge Roadways as a bike/ped crossing.
- Opened in 1916 at 4,932 feet long.
- (2) rails of train traffic, 20-25 trains per day cross the river here.
- (2) roadways cantilevered from bridge, North & South side.
- Roadways are 14’ wide.
- Roadways used for auto traffic, from 1917 to 1949.
- Roadways and approaches sold to City of Memphis and Crittenden County in 1917.
- Structural Steel for roadways still in place.
- The proposal is to utilize only the North side roadway.
- The Harahan Bridge Boardwalk may qualify for several sources of funding.
- Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
- Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ)
- Surface Transportation Program (STP)
- Highway Bridge Program (HBP)
- Transportation Enhancement (TE)
- The National Scenic Byways Program (NSB)
Crittenden County (western) terminus of the bridge
- The roadways descend below the railroad grade, apx 50 feet.
- Bicycles and Pedestrians will not be crossing the tracks.
- Concrete Highway Ramp still in place.
- A short greenway will connect the Concrete Ramp to Dacus Lake Road.
- The Harahan Bridge is in the West Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
- West Memphis MPO has a plan to connect downtown West Memphis to the Harahan Bridge using existing roads and greenways along the I-55 easement.
- West Memphis has a long term plan to create a park just south of the bridge.
City of Memphis (eastern) terminus of the bridge
- Located on top of the bluff.
- Approximately 400 yards south of the existing end of the riverwalk.
- Approaching the bridge from the North, no track crossing will be required.
- A fence will be built to separate bike/ped traffic from the railroad.
- Church of the river owns the land adjacent, north, of the bridge.
- The church is interested in working with the city on this project.
- The Harahan Bridge is in the Memphis Bike/Ped plan.
- The Harahan Bridge is in the Memphis MPO, LRTP.
- The Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) has a long range plan to extend the Riverwalk, past the Harahan Bridge, south to Desoto and Riverside parks.
- A new surface will be constructed on top of the existing structural steel.
- Surface will be non-flamable, non-slip, and friendly to bikers, walkers, & strollers.
- Security fencing will be installed on the bridge and approached to prevent access to the rail bed.