Memphis has just been awarded a $14.9M Federal grant to build a pedestrian walkway on one of the former road decks of this bridge. http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2012/jun/19/memphis-gets-grant-build-pathway-across-harahan-br/
The website for the project is: http://www.harahanbridgeproject.com/
Looks as if the Harahan Bridge may see pedestrians in its future:
Trespassing on or near eithier the Harahan or the Frisco Bridge is ILLEGAL and you can be arrested for being near them. Both are clearly marked with NO TRESPASSING signs. Both of these bridges and the areas around them are private property and owned by the railroads that operate them. You can take pictures from public areas(such as the public walkway on the Interstate 55 bridge) but if you pass a no trepassing sign then be prepared to be stopped and possibly arrested. Memphis Police and the Railroad Police monitor these areas constantly even when you do not see them there. The cameras are watched in real time and you could be paid a visit by police at a later date for being there.
According to this article the Harahan Bridge once had wooden approaches on the Arkansas side for the auto lanes:
As a follow up, this is Craig N. Schneider, I successfully scaled this bridge on August, 07, 2006 to the top and partially across. Experienced no interference from railroad police though the trip was rather dangerous. About 180 feet above the ground with no supports on a 3 inch piece of iron. Successful trip, and exciting, but extremely dangerous and not recommended for anyone.
looked around the Memphis(east) end of the bridge..saw the so called haunted room under the approach...also saw MANY Memphis police cameras and a Memphis police cruiser parked in the area...looks like they take the security of the bridge VERY seriously. there is a trail that runs along the top of the bluff that goes under the bridge...starts from a small park at the east end of the I-55 bridge....take the exit for the metal museum..VERY first exit after crossing the bridge...
I spent about an hour and a half at the Ark(west end of the bridge)a few days ago.lots of things to see and never saw any police. there were several cameras in the area and also no trespassing signs .most of the wooden auto bridge deck has been removed exect for a small area at the very end. the wood is loose and VERY rotten. BE CAREFUL!!!
I know Craig posted his comment a very long time ago, but I do have a few experiences with trying to get close to this bridge. I am in awe of the spot where the Harahan, the Frisco and the Memphis-Arkansas all kinda meet. So I go to that spot alot. But everytime I get down there, I end up face-to-face with the railroad police. There are cameras on both the Memphis side and on the Arkansas side, so the minute you step one foot onto hallow ground they decend upon you. If you have a camera it makes it 10 times worse. The line between trespassing and not trespassing is not clearly marked on either side. They get your social security number and your DL number and supposedly they "investigate" you according to the RR police on the AR side. So climbing on the Harahan would be absolutely impossible.
Supposedly I have a relative (my dad's uncle, Lynn Moon), that jumped off of this bridge (attempted suicide); and is the only person who has ever lived to talk about his experience.
My Aunt talks about how glad she was when her maiden name changed because when someone else would jump/die, they would always say that Lynn Moon is the only jumper that ever lived.
I think it is foolhardy to mess around with railroad bridges. Clinbing them is dangerous and illegal.
Does anyone know if you can legally climb the Harahan Bridge post 9-11? Thanks.
Craig N. Schneider