Improvements coming to make Riverside Drive safer for motorists, pedestrians

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Changes are coming to Riverside Drive in Downtown Memphis.

Community members have expressed concerns about speeding cars and unsafe conditions for bikers and people walking down the street.

Improvements to the area were recently approved by Mayor Jim Strickland and the City’s engineering department.

Constructions for improvements are already beginning at Tom Lee Park, part of a $6 million project to upgrade the riverfront.

Part of the improvements includes making crossing the street to get to the park much safer.

Crews will put in a series of speed bumps and signals for pedestrians crossing at Vance Avenue, Huling and Butler. Each of the crosswalks will be 30 feet wide.

The crosswalks will have signals with flashing lights for added safety.

About 60 parking spots will be added as well along the west side of Riverside Drive.

Traffic will be slowed significantly in the area.

Much of the construction will take place after Memphis in May.