Morris to Lead Main to Main Project

By Bill Dries

Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris will become the new project director for the Main Street to Main Street revitalization project that includes a Harahan Bridge boardwalk.

Morris adds the federally funded project with private donors to his duties at the downtown development group as project manager Mike Carpenter starts his duties at the nonprofit Plough Foundation, the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. confirmed Monday, June 10.

When Carpenter announced his new position at the Plough Foundation last month, he also said he would continue to tie up loose ends on the project for several months at no pay.

Those loose ends include completing and getting signatures on the $15 million federal transportation grant agreement as well as completing the agreement with Union Pacific railroad, which owns the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

From there, Allen & Hoshall engineering firm would become full-time technical program managers responsible for day-to-day work on the project.

The project is a renovation of Main Street Memphis and Broadway Avenue in West Memphis with the bicycle and pedestrian boardwalk on the north side of the rail bridge across the river linking the two.

The complex project is in phases, some overlapping, that begin construction work later this year. The federal funding comes with some stringent deadlines for completing certain parts of the project.

The Main Street Memphis renovations and improvements would run from the Uptown area to the South Main Historic Arts District and then link up with the area around the rail bridge.