June 22, 2021

Vital Memphis bridge shut down after officials find structural crack

The Hernando de Soto Bridge on Interstate 40 in Memphis, Tennessee, was completely shutdown Tuesday and will likely be closed for emergency repairs, in line with a information launch from the Tennessee Division of Transportation (TDOT).

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.

Memphis Police block the entrance to the Hernando de Soto bridge after a "structural crack' was found, closing all I-40 lanes over Mississippi River on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

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.

Greater than 50,000 automobiles drive over the bridge every day, in line with CNN affiliate WHBQ-TV. TDOT is chargeable for repairs and upkeep of the bridge, whereas ArDOT is chargeable for inspections, which occur each two years, the affiliate reported.
In keeping with CNN affiliate WMC-TV, the bridge is “an important piece of America’s infrastructure for shifting visitors and freight across the nation.”

It took six years to construct the bridge, WMC states, and the governors of Tennessee and Arkansas lower the ribbon in August 1973.

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