Talk:Frisco Bridge

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Vehicular and pedestrian traffic?[edit]

When did the bridge stop taking vehicular and pedestrian traffic? I'm assuming it stopped at the same time as the neighboring rail bridge, but I'm not sure. It would be worth mentioning in the article. --98.232.182.66 (talk) 11:27, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

As far as I know, the Frisco bridge never had vehicular or pedestrian traffic. It's always been a rail bridge. The neighboring Harahan Bridge built in 1917 did carry two rail lines and had vehicular traffic added onto the side of it late in its construction, but that ceased in 1949 when they opened the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge right next to it. The Memphis & Arkansas Bridge *still* has a pedestrian walkway, harrowing though it may be. -- Otto 14:29, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
As a matter of fact, the Memphis & Arkansas bridge has two walkways for pedestrians, one one the north side and one on the south side. And I don't know anything about pedestrian walkways or vehicular traffic on the Frisco Bridge either. The Harahan Bridge actually has the old ramp left still with some of the old planks the cars used to drive on, that is on the Arkansas side. Pretty interesting that it never was demolished. Even today you can still get a nice impression of how it must have been a long time ago. doxTxob \ talk 18:58, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
While the space on the north side is indeed walkable, there's no access to it from the sides. Only the south one is easily accessible. On the Memphis side, you'd have to climb up a rather steep grassy embankment to get to the north side walkway, and on the Arkansas side it's on the wrong side of the freeway with no crossover except back under the bridge, assuming it's not underwater at that time of year... The south side walkway, however, has a sidewalk leading up to it on the Memphis side from E.H Crump park (hang a right on Iowa, just after the crossunder at the Metal Museum exit before you cross the bridge), and a small dirt path leading away from it on the Arkansas side which leads to a field an accessible dirt road.
Gaining access to the Harahan Bridge and Frisco Bridge is actually quite easy. Just take the Metal Museum exit and hang a right onto unnamed dirt road immediately before the crossunder. Park anywhere. Yeah, you're trespassing on railroad property, but it's fairly deserted around here and nobody much cares. You can easily gain access to the Harahan Bridge this way, and the place where the big wooden timbers stuck out of the side of the bridge are clearly in evidence. Seeing the remaining ones on the Arkansas side takes some real effort to reach them. -- Otto 18:53, 24 September 2008 (UTC)
Right, the walkways are not equally easy to access but you can do it, I walked over there on both sides several times. But it is so unusual to be a pedestrian there that some semi-trucks honk their horn at you. Too funny! The old ramp on the Arkansas side is not at all difficult to reach. Coming from Memphis, take the very first exit in Arkansas (where the Cioba plant is) and then turn left, go under the interstate and turn left the second road, the first is back on the interstate in the other direction, on the south side of the interstate you go back parallel to the interstate for a few hundred yards on a paved road, and then you are almost there. There even is parking in the shade available To see the ramp you do not have to trespass, there are only two signs there: "This area may be under video surveilance" and "No unauthorized vehicles", so you just are not allowed to drive around there by car, but walking is ok. By the way, if you are at the old ramp, there's a path under the bridge going back to the river. You can find a cute little beach there and sit and watch the river close up. doxTxob \ talk 19:51, 24 September 2008 (UTC)