TN Dept. of Transportation (TDOT) has been working on plans to change the Bridge/I-55/Crump Blvd. interchange and add a roundabout to remedy the confusion and congestion, but last week they revealed that the plan may require shutting down the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge for two years.
According to the TDOT website, the I-55/Crump Boulevard Interchange Improvement Project has gone through the Environmental Phase:
- March 2009: Complete Preliminary Draft Environmental Statement (DEIS)
- July 2009: NEPA Hearing
- August 2009: Review Public Comments
- November 2009: Decision made to study replacing the existing loop interchange with a roundabout as a way to avoid impacts to the French Fort neighborhood and improve connectivity to Crump Blvd., Riverside Dr., & I-55.
- June 2010: Public info. meeting held to give the pubic a chance to review and submit comments on the proposed modifications.
- Sept. 2010: TDOT announced the selection of the alternate plan.
- January 2012: Environmental Phase of the project concluded. A record of the decision was approved on Jan. 25, 2012.
TDOT hopes to let the construction contract by 2014.
Estimated cost of the project: $35.7M, 80% from Federal funds, 20% from State.
Update (10/30/14): TDOT funds cut. Project postponed for a year. Link to Commercial Appeal article.