New entrance to Shelby Farms Park may cause traffic headache

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Big changes at Shelby Farms Park next Friday may mean a longer commute.

The entrance off of Walnut Grove Road will soon be buried under water, and the new park entrance is located off of Farm Road.

"The new entrance is not far away from the previous entrance," Jen Andrews with Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, said.

"If you're used to coming in off of Walnut Grove and Farm Road (and) veering over to the right to come into the park, it's just a little further up farm road. You can actually see it from the entrance," she explained.

Drivers and bikers have already started using the road.

Project organizers said they've covered all their bases, especially when it comes to people worried about the amount of traffic that uses the two-lane road.

This is just phase one of the $52 million enhancement project called "Heart of the Park."

"At the end of this project we're going to have a new gigantic ecologically healthy patriot lake, new amenities like a restaurant, a retreat center, and visitors center, new bike paths, new walking trails," Andrews said. "But this is step one."

The park expansion is expected to be completed in two years.

A majority of the money used for the project is coming from private donations.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Heart of the Park Enhancement.