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I-40 bridge over Mississippi River likely won't reopen until August

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 16:51:51-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)  — The Tennessee Department of Transportation now says it will likely be early August before the Interstate 40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee can reopen to traffic.

Contractors are working on phase three of the repairs that began after a crack was found in May in the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River.

Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright previously said construction was expected to run into at least late July.

The department said Friday it would have more schedule information next week about reopening. All interstate traffic in the Memphis area is being diverted to I-55.