Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
December 7th, 2017 • News

December 7, 2017- Senator Keith Ingram audio report of news from the 91st General Assembly.

  • The Big River Crossing over the Mississippi River is one of our local treasures, and I’m proud to report that it has received national recognition. The project won the top honor this year at an awards ceremony sponsored by the National Academy of the Arts and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
  • The Big River Crossing received the Excellence on the Waterfront, 2017, Award, in recognition of the high quality of its design and how it was developed. Entries were received from all over the world, from projects that combine leisure destinations adjacent to working waterfront infrastructure.
  • More than 150,000 runners, cyclists and walkers have used the Big River Crossing. It’s been called a public playground in the sky, and is the longest pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi. It was the catalyst for a 1,700 acre park on the Arkansas side of the bridge, and will be a trail head along a national biking trail being developed along the river’s levee system.
  • Completion of the Big River Crossing required cooperation between the states of Tennessee and Arkansas, between Shelby and Crittenden Counties, the cities of Memphis and West Memphis.
  • It required dealing with federal agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration, as well as the Tennessee Historic Preservation Office and Union Pacific Railroad.
  • So many people deserve credit for making Big River Crossing such a great success. I don’t have time to name all of them, but I do want to pay special thanks to Charlie McVean. His vision and his determination made Big River Crossing a reality.
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