Interstate bridge over Mississippi River to begin reopening

Interstate 40 Bridge Closed
Posted at 12:01 PM, Jul 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-28 13:01:42-04

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was found in the span will begin reopening next week.

Transportation officials said Wednesday that the eastbound lanes of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River will reopen to limited traffic Monday morning.

The I-40 bridge was shut down May 11 after inspectors found a crack in one of two 900-foot (275-meter) horizontal steel beams critical for the bridge’s structural integrity.

Road traffic had been diverted to the nearby Interstate 55 bridge during the I-40 bridge’s repairs.