Congressman Cohen Announces $21.8 Million to Complete Wolf River Greenway

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Funding from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program

MEMPHIS – RealEstateRama – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-9), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the City of Memphis will receive a $21,832,817 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program to fill the final gaps in the Wolf River Greenway.

As of today, 25 of the 26-mile greenway is constructed or funded. This RAISE grant will fund the last one mile of the trail, consisting of two critical links, including construction of a bicycle-pedestrian bridge over a railroad and one underpass under Highway 14 (Jackson Avenue).

Last June, Congressman Cohen announced RAISE funding of $25 million to Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) for its Crosstown Corridor Safety and Multi-Modal Enhancement Program and $13.2 million to Shelby County for its Eliminating Barriers on North Watkins (Project ELBOW).

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I supported this project because this substantial investment in the Wolf River Greenway will complete a project that adds to the quality of life in our region. RAISE grants are transforming the way residents interact with nature and address issues of sustainability and fairness. And I’m pleased to see another Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investment flow directly into the Ninth District.”

Erik Houston, the Executive Director of the Wolf River Conservancy, made the following statement:

“The Wolf River Conservancy is pleased to see this historic RAISE grant funding awarded to the Wolf River Greenway project and the city of Memphis. This investment into areas of persistent poverty brings together transportation, recreation and public safety improvements that will have quality of life benefits for generations to come. We thank Representative Cohen and the Department of Transportation for their continued commitment to improving the lives of Memphians and we look forward to breaking ground on these new phases of the Wolf River Greenway as soon as possible.”

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