Two New Bridges Being Considered Over Mississippi River

October 21, 2003 - Posted at 8:22 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tennessee officials are studying two projects that would create new bridges over the Mississippi River to Arkansas.

However, highway officials from Tennessee say any new bridge project is at least eight years away from becoming a reality.

One bridge would connect Interstate 55 to Interstate 69 north of Memphis and would be the center of the planned22-mile Osceola Toll Parkway.  A second bridge would support both vehicle and railroad traffic south of I-55 and north of Tunica, Mississippi.

For Arkansas' part, state transportation officials say they've met with concerned parties to let them know about any procedural steps that would be necessary.

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