Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Memphis $471,609 for Elvis Presley Boulevard Improvements.
“Elvis Presley Boulevard is an important thoroughfare in Memphis,” said Congressman Cohen. “These new federal funds will be used to study how to enhance livability, reduce congestion, and improve overall transportation.”
The new federal funds will be used to provide preliminary engineering and environmental work associated with improving U.S. Highway 51/Elvis Presley Boulevard from Craft Road to Winchester Road. The project proposes to widen segments of U.S. 51; relocate utilities; and construct sidewalks, medians, crosswalks, bicycle facilities, and streetscape in order to meet future multi-modal needs and stimulate reinvestment in this economically challenged section of the city.
U.S. Highway 51/Elvis Presley Boulevard parallels Interstate 55 and connects urbanized areas of Memphis to the suburban communities of northern Mississippi. It provides an important alternative surface transportation route to Interstate 55.