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Posted on April 11, 2022 at 3:55 PM by Melitta Duncan
After dealing with supply chain issues like everyone else in our country now, we have finally completed the May Blvd Pedestrian Bridge and will host our Grand Opening event this THURSDAY, APRIL 14 at 10:30 AM.
During my time as Mayor, I’ve tried hard to bring positive changes to Southaven that I’ve seen in other parts of the country that have never existed here before. Anytime you bring change, there are some who don’t understand why, and sadly, some who don’t want to understand but just always oppose change, in general. The May Blvd Pedestrian Bridge is one of these things. The bridge is a proven concept in many other parts of our country and an investment that will pay for itself many times over with the economic benefits it will help provide to our city. Here’s why we built it:
TRAFFIC SAFETY had to be addressed at Getwell/May Blvd because of the increased vehicular traffic in the area. A traffic signal had to be installed there. Because of the frequent pedestrian traffic that will come with Silo Square and that already existed with Snowden Grove Park events, it is a safer alternative to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic. To answer a frequently-asked question, the crosswalks are required by ADA laws in case of an elevator malfunction, but the goal is to encourage pedestrians to stay away from vehicles and cross the bridge.
CONNECTING THE PATHS will eventually create the longest pedestrian trail in the history of Desoto County. The City added multi-use trails in Snowden Grove Park and from Central Park along Tchulahoma. May Blvd will also have a trail from Tchulahoma to Getwell. From Central Park westward, bike/pedestrian lanes allow travel all the way to Airways at Baptist Memorial-Desoto Hospital. The bridge is the final piece needed to connect these trails allowing bike/pedestrian travel from Airways Rd to Malone Rd.
CONNECTING COMMERCE on both sides of Getwell will complete the first-ever pedestrian-friendly entertainment district in our city creating tremendous economic synergy in what will become a focal tourism destination point. We’ve already attracted numerous pending developments on each side that have vocalized the importance of the bridge connection in making their business model work here. Again, this will pay huge economic dividends to our city for many years to come and pay for the initial investment many times over.
An ICONIC SYMBOL has been created with the bridge that beautifies the grand entrance to one of the key assets of our city and shows the pride our citizens have in our city. This will be the future site of many marriage proposals, prom photos, graduation photos, and a backdrop for many other memorable times of life for our citizens.
I’m very proud of this project and its grand opening is a special day for Southaven! Let’s cut the ribbon, cross it, and let the good times roll!