New pedestrian bridge at University of Memphis opens Wednesday

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – It’s a big day Wednesday at the University of Memphis. The long-awaited pedestrian bridge will finally open.

The pedestrian bridge means trains can roll through campus and not slow students down.

“We tired of waiting for the train. You know what I’m saying. Like now it don’t matter,” said student Deshay Camp.

The $33 million bridge and parking garage is finally complete. It will allow students to get from one side of Southern Avenue to the other, avoiding the tracks.

The structure is up to 20 feet wide and 23 feet above the railroad tracks.

The bridge will put an end to the long-running issue of students getting caught by a train or barely making it over the tracks.

“It’s just going to make it a lot easier to go over the tracks,” said student Rachel Wilkes.

“It’s easier to get to classes so you are not late, and teachers don’t get mad,” said student Sidney Caldwell.

The bridge not only connects the North and South side of the main campus – one student says it changes the feel of that area.

“We’re about to light up. It’s starting to look more city to me over here. I like it,” said Camp.

The official ribbon-cutting and ceremonial walk will take place Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

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