Improvements in Store for the Road to Graceland

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis officials are working to make the road to Graceland more attractive.

Elvis Presley Boulevard leads hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the late rock `n' roll icon's Memphis mansion, Graceland, and to the exhibits across the street.

Tourists exit off Interstate 55 and cruise through a mile's worth of empty businesses, vacant lots, crooked utility poles, crumbling sidewalks, poor lighting and drab landscaping.

To make the road more welcoming for tourists and more pleasant for residents of the working- and middle-class community of Whitehaven, the city is making a series of infrastructure improvements.

Memphis City Councilman Harold Collins is the driving force behind the plan. He says the $43 million project began early this year and is expected to be completed in 2016 or 2017.

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