Starting October 22, 2016, the Big River Crossing will now be open to pedestrians.
The new public pedestrian bridge, dubbed Big River Crossing, will be the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge as well as the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi. The path spans about one mile long across the Harahan Bridge.
The four-lane bridge was first opened in 1949, connecting Memphis, Tennessee to West Memphis, Arkansas across the Mississippi River. The pedestrian path on the bridge has been in prospectus since 1975 when a hiking path across the bridge was first proposed.
Construction began on Big River Crossing in 2014.
Big River Crossing came to being as part of the Big River Strategic Initiative, which advocates for the celebration and activation of the Mississippi River and its surrounding landscape.
Personally, I can not wait to lace up my walking shoes and take the hike across the bridge! It will be such an amazing experience for Memphians and tourists alike to get to see the bright lights of our beautiful city for the first time right from the water!
The opening day is said to be a big free event, hosting food trucks and music on both sides of the bridge. At 7PM that evening, they’re even lighting it up and shooting off fireworks.
After the opening day, the bridge will be open daily to the public from dawn until 10 PM.
Take a sneak peek at the crossing with their 360 view here!