MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Memphis officials are working on ways to ease the traffic congestion that snarls two of the city's most heavily traveled east-west thoroughfares on a daily basis.
Lamar Avenue, which doubles as U.S. Highway 78, connects motorists to more than 60 million feet of industrial space and a sprawling truck-and-rail intermodal yard. It is often jammed with large semi-trucks.
Poplar Avenue connects downtown Memphis to office buildings and residential neighborhoods in the city's suburbs. Railroad tracks allow trains to block traffic on intersecting streets.
Studies show the price of fixing the two corridors is up to $275 million for Lamar and well over $100 million for Poplar, The Commercial Appeal reports.
In light of the high costs, officials are looking at addressing the problems in smaller steps.
Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com