Old viaduct in Memphis to be replaced

Old viaduct in Memphis to be replaced


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Transportation officials are getting ready to replace an 85-year-old viaduct in Memphis that opened the way for eastward growth and is one of the city's oldest active viaducts.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning to acquire right-of-way-property near the Poplar Boulevard Viaduct for a $14.5 million project to install a new bridge carrying Poplar and Scott Street over a railroad corridor.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/Y340gd ) that the construction is expected to start next year and take about three years.

More than 23,000 cars travel over the viaduct daily, according to a TDOT count in 2011, so officials plan to keep at least one lane open in each direction during construction.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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