Big River Crossing to open to public Saturday afternoon

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Workers spent this Friday making their final touches on the Big River Crossing.

"I think this actually will be a little bit of a tourist attraction," said Paulette Luker, who lives in Memphis. "It will add to what all else there is to see in Memphis."
Right near the WREG studios, the bridge now has its own welcoming sign.
From Memphis to West Memphis, it's nearly a mile, which makes it the longest public bridge across the Mississippi River where people can walk or bike across it.
Luker got a sneak peek of it earlier this year.
"It was unbelievable," she said. "It's a beautiful view. It was a very hot August day, but once you got on the walk it was breezy and cool, so it was lovely."
She said her husband works for city planning in West Memphis and they expect this to boost the local economy.
Businesses nearby agreed.
"I think it could have a huge impact," said Paul Atkinson, owner of The Dirty Crow Inn. "I'm looking to see sales increase a little bit and meet some new faces, shake some new hands."
The Dirty Crow Inn has only been open for about six months.
Atkinson expects the bridge to attract new people looking for a bite to eat or a drink.
"I'm looking forward to a lot of foot traffic, a lot of people biking, coming from Arkansas over to Memphis, going from Memphis over to Arkansas," he said.
Other businesses in the area sang similar tunes, saying they're ready for the tourists and Memphians to come by.
The bridge officially opens at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Food and music will go until 6:45 p.m.
Then there will be a fireworks show at 7 p.m.
For more details, go here.
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