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New parkway through Shelby Farms?

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TDOT says the proposed 2.5 Kirby Parkway would cut through the middle of the park from Walnut Grove to Whitten and Macon Roads, stretching four lanes, divided by medians. TDOT says the proposed 2.5 Kirby Parkway would cut through the middle of the park from Walnut Grove to Whitten and Macon Roads, stretching four lanes, divided by medians.
This is a map of the proposed parkway route. This is a map of the proposed parkway route.
Park goer's cannot imagine pavement over these green pastures. Park goer's cannot imagine pavement over these green pastures.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - An old debate is once again picking up steam: a new proposal is on the table to build a four-lane parkway through Shelby Farms Park.

Depending upon who you ask about the latest proposal to build a four-lane parkway through Shelby Farms Park, reaction varies.

The City of Memphis is revisiting the 40-year-old plan to ease gridlock in and around Humphreys, Walnut Grove and Germantown Parkway.

They say if they don't act now, traffic will only get worse.

Neighbor Thomas Stanley supports the parkway. He lives near the three-way junction where Mullins Station T-bones the park.

"It would definitely be better for the commuting," stated Stanley.  "That stop sign creates a lot of traffic around five o'clock and six o'clock.  I can barely get out of my driveway," he added.

TDOT says the proposed 2.5 Kirby Parkway would cut through the middle of the park from Walnut Grove to Whitten and Macon Roads.  The access-controlled highway would stretch four lanes, divided by medians.

The project will also include an interchange over Walnut Grove.

Andrew Elledge and Randa Frazier say it's daunting to imagine pavement over these green pastures - where people find refuge walking, flying kites, and watching the buffaloes graze.

"More exhaust from cars wouldn't be healthy for the animals and for us," said Elledge and Frazier.  "If you put a road in between everything, I would have to probably find somewhere else to go," they added.

The city would pay 20% of construction costs, which amounts to $6,250,000

The start and end date for the project is pending the City Council's vote on the funding.  If you want a closer look at the project, click here: Kirby Parkway Proposal.

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