The Main to Main Multi-Modal Connector Project will include major infrastructure repairs and improvements on Downtown Memphis' Main Street from Uptown to the Harahan Bridge and convert the Harahan Bridge into a bike/pedestrian path. This project is made possible by $15 million in federal funds through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant (TIGER IV) as well as matching grants from state and local funds and private funds.
The scope of work includes streetscape, lighting, sidewalk, roadway, and drainage improvements along Downtown Memphis Main Street; conversion of the existing roadways on the Harahan Bridge to a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, and construction of new multi-use trails to connect the bridge with new Broadway Avenue improvements in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The project strengthens and connects the main streets of each downtown using the historic Harahan Bridge as a restored centerpiece. The Harahan Bridge was built in 1916-17 as the first span across the Mississippi River, in Memphis, Tennessee connecting both rail and vehicular traffic. The project will rebuild former roadways on the bridge for bicycle and pedestrian connection to the main streets in both cities.
The improvements of Downtown Memphis Main Street will increase its civic importance as the central spine of Downtown Memphis. This three mile reinvestment project along the Downtown trolley corridor will involve streetscape, utility, sidewalk, roadway, and drainage improvements. The Main Street corridor connects Uptown to South Main and encompasses an 8-block pedestrian-transit mall, the Main Street trolley line, and a multi-model transit facility at each end.
West Memphis Broadway Avenue revitalization enhances this historic downtown commercial corridor through streetscape improvements including: period-style lighting; street trees; landscaping (ground cover, shrubbery, flowers); new curb, gutter and handicap accessible sidewalks. This leverages and extends an enhancement project completed in 2007.
The long-term outcomes engendered by this project include: increased accessibility for residents, workers, and tourists; decreases in fuel consumption and air pollution; health cost savings from exercise; decreases in flood damage costs; increased occupancy rates for commercial businesses that will support additional jobs; and strengthens the economies of both Main Streets.