Contractor to fix I-40 Bridge will be chosen next week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A contractor will be chosen on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning to fix the Hernando-Desoto bridge according to a spokesperson with ARDOT.

Spokesperson Dave Parker said once repairs are being made the goal is to open one or two traffic lanes safely in a few weeks but he admits this is an optimistic goal.

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He estimates it could cost more than $1 million to hire the contractor.

This cost will get split with ARDOT and TDOT.

On Friday, ARDOT said it found drone video of the damage on the bridge from May of 2019.

Parker said a hired contractor was inspecting cables on the bridge when the footage was captured.

This new development comes one day after FOX13 shared a photo of the bridge in July of 2019 from a viewer.

In the picture, you can see a close-up of something that appears to be on the same spot on the Hernando-Desoto bridge as the fracture.

ARDOT has not commented on the picture.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE 2019 BRIDGE PHOTOS

Meanwhile, ARDOT  is looking into whether a fracture was discovered in a September of 2019 inspection report.

“I think anytime you find something that surprises you a bit and if it were not caught in 2019 or 2020, sure, something needs to be changed,” said Parker.

“We will want to know why if it were missed if the evidence of damage was missed in 2019 and 2020 we will want to know why, what explanation the inspectors might have.”

On Monday, ARDOT will give us an update on the 2019 report. We expect to find out if the fracture was discovered during the inspection or not.

ARDOT will also share more information on the timeline of repairs.

Parker said eight companies are currently bidding on the project.