Tennessee shares accountability for the bridge with the Arkansas Division of Transportation (ArDOT), who found the crack throughout a routine inspection and instantly shut down the bridge, the discharge mentioned.
“For the motoring public’s security, the bridge will likely be completely shut down whereas crews examine the crack’s extent additional after which restore the issue, which may take a while,” the TDOT launch learn.
Detours are in place in Tennessee and Arkansas with visitors being rerouted in each instructions to Interstate 55 as an alternate route throughout the river. It’s unknown how lengthy the bridge will likely be closed. Authorities have additionally shut down river visitors till additional discover.
With boat visitors closed, there are no less than 24 vessels with a complete of 346 barges ready to journey the decrease Mississippi River in both route, in line with Lt. Mark Pipkin of United States Coast Guard Sector Decrease Mississippi River.
It took six years to construct the bridge, WMC states, and the governors of Tennessee and Arkansas lower the ribbon in August 1973.