Riverside Drive reopens with two less driving lanes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Riverside drive is back open with a new look.

The changes have two lanes being diverted for pedestrians and bicyclists, and that has some drivers upset.

But it’s important to know if you don’t like the changes, there’s something you can do about it.

Maneuvering your way down Riverside Drive now is going to be similar to how things look during Memphis in May.

Traffic in each direction is now down to one lane, but instead of pillions, you’ll now see double yellow lines.

It’s supposed to slow down traffic, but there are some concerns about traffic flooding other downtown streets, so the city will hold at lease three meetings to see how people like changes.

The city engineer says he’s open to making adjustments to the design.

The city is in even willing to go back to the two lanes if it doesn’t get good reviews on the changes.

John Cameron, city engineer, said, “We wanted to get some public input, and the best way to do that was to get something out there to show the public what it could be like.”

We’ll let you know when those public meetings are scheduled so you can give feedback.

5 comments

  • Joe

    “We wanted to get some public input, and the best way to do that was to get something out there to show the public what it could be like.”

    No you screwed up and now trying to save face. This is reactive planning, instead of proactive planning. If the city would have conducted a logistical research analysis they could have saved money and headaches on this potential failure.

    • Joe

      Also, “want” instead of “wanted” would be the correct verb to use in the first part of the aforementioned quoted sentence, as the desire to obtained the public input is a current and on-going desire, not one that is no longer desired.

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Question, why didn’t you have a meeting prior to making this idiot decision other than the fact you (Mayor Wharton) are trying to get votes from cyclist? Now you want to talk about it; even the bikers and walkers should realize that this is a bad idea, and maybe not!

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