SR 3/Elvis Presley Boulevard serves as an important link between Memphis and Hernando, Mississippi, and provides access to Graceland, an important tourist destination. Elvis Presley Boulevard is also the spine of the Whitehaven community, serving as the area’s primary commercial corridor, although the commercial viability of the corridor and the overall appearance of the area have declined since the 1970s. The City of Memphis has initiated a number of revitalization and planning efforts in the corridor aimed at recruiting and retaining businesses and creating a more attractive “gateway” to the Whitehaven community, Graceland, and the City of Memphis itself.
In July of 2008, the Tennessee Governor, Memphis and Shelby County Mayors, and other city officials met in Memphis to discuss funding avenues for improving the Elvis Presley Boulevard corridor. One outcome of this meeting was the preparation and submittal of a Transportation Enhancement Grant application submitted to TDOT for the priority project segment, which is located in vicinity of Graceland between Winchester and Craft Roads. The other outcome was the initiation of a Transportation Planning Report (TPR) to study improvements to the corridor. A kickoff meeting with stakeholders was held on December 1, 2008. The project was amended into the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in August of 2009.
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The project involves almost 3 miles of improvements along Elvis Presley Boulevard, from Shelby Drive to Brooks Road. Projects elements will include:
- roadway improvements;
- streetscape improvements;
- pavement enhancement;
- bicycle/pedestrian improvements;
- sidewalks, crosswalks;
- street lighting;
- utility enhancements;
- drainage improvements;
- and intersection signalization.
This will substantially improve the operational, functional, and aesthetic characteristics of the roadway.
The Elvis Presley Boulevard Improvements Project is intended to support planned economic development and enhance opportunities for redevelopment in the Whitehaven community. The improvements will address safety issues and roadway deficiencies along Elvis Presley Boulevard, enhance multimodal travel in the Whitehaven area, and support Memphis' tourism goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long is the project?
The project is just under 3 miles in length, starting at Shelby Drive and ending at Brooks Road.
2. What are the limits of each project section?
- South Section: Shelby Drive to Craft Road
- Middle Section: Craft Road to Winchester Road
- North Section: Winchester Road to Brooks Road
- Quick Start: Brooks Road Intersection
3. When will construction begin?
Construction of the Quick Start section began in late 2012 and is completed. The North Section will begin in 2016, followed by the Middle Section in 2017, and finally the South Section in 2018.
4. Who do I contact if I have a question?