Community meeting tonight on Riverside Drive changes

Riverside Drive

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The City of Memphis will have its first community meeting to discuss the recent changes on Riverside Drive tonight at 6:00 at Beale Street Landing.

Recently the city cut Riverside Drive down from four lanes to two.

The lanes closest to the river are now dedicated to biking and pedestrians from Beale to Georgia Avenue.

There was little input before the plan was implemented.

Right now, the project is in a 12 to 18 month  tests phase.

Not everyone has been a fan of the project.

Many drivers say the road was designed as four lanes for a reason, heavy traffic and the fact it connects two interstates.

A car crash last month caused concerns because the entire road was blocked and no plan had been put in place to deal with such a situation.

One plan presented to Mayor A C Wharton would turn all of Riverside Drive into two lanes with bike lanes.

The plan would also removed the free large parking lot from Tom Lee Park in favor of on street parking, possibly with parking meters.

The community meeting is the first of several that will be scheduled so that data can be shared and public comment can be made.

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