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A significant Memphis bridge shut down since May resulting from a structural crack has absolutely reopened

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The Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River on the Tennessee-Arkansas line is seen May 14, days after it was closed.


A significant bridge connecting Memphis, Tennessee, to Arkansas reopened to visitors in each instructions on Monday afternoon, almost three months after a crack pressured its closure, the Arkansas Department of Transportation introduced in a tweet.

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which carries Interstate 40 over the Mississippi River, was shut down for repairs May 11 after a routine inspection discovered a structural crack.

The 3.3-mile bridge was constructed within the late 1960s to early 1970s and, as certainly one of solely two Mississippi River crossings within the Memphis space, carries about 60,000 automobiles day by day, in line with the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

The crack was found throughout the components of a metal field beam, the state mentioned.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation mentioned in a information launch final week that restore employees have been anticipated to have completed their work by Friday. All eastbound lanes had been anticipated to reopen at 6 a.m. Monday as soon as employees eliminated their tools and platforms from that aspect, adopted by the westbound lanes.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation in May released photos of the crack that shut down the bridge.

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation in May launched images of the crack that shut down the bridge.

The tools elimination was anticipated to occur one aspect at a time as a result of that is “the safest scenario for the workers,” the discharge reads.

“We know having the bridge closed has been incredibly inconvenient,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright mentioned. “We appreciate the public’s patience while our team made the repairs and performed extensive inspections to ensure its structurally sound for many years to come.”

Both Arkansas and Tennessee share accountability for the bridge, as ARDOT handles inspections and TDOT handles repairs, they mentioned in an announcement.

“Back in May, we speculated that it would be the end of July, first of August to work through all the phases needed to reopen the bridge,” Bright mentioned.

“We did not know then what all would be involved, but what I do know is we have all been fortunate to have had a great team that personally took on this project and worked tirelessly to safely reopen the bridge as soon as possible.”

CNN’s Eric Levenson, Rebekah Riess and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.

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