MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The I-40 Bridge between Memphis and Arkansas has been shut down for a month.
The Hernando de Soto Bridge has been closed since May 11 after a fracture was discovered in one of its supports.
An ARDOT spokesperson said it would likely be late July or early August before the bridge reopens.
On Friday, TDOT said the contractor is making significant progress on the repairs. Fabrication of materials continues, as does work on the bridge.
3,000 bolts for the post-tensioning (PT) arrived Wednesday. Crews are replacing old with the new one by one.
The PT weldments/anchors, fabricated by G&G Steel out of Russellville, AL, will be delivered this weekend.
The PT rods are being fabricated. The first shipment is expected Monday, June 14.
Steel strengthening plates and splice plates for the permanent repair are also being fabricated. There is no timeline yet for their delivery.
Construction work is expected through the weekend.
In-depth inspections of the bridge are also happening. So far, there is nothing of concern, TDOT said. However, if any issues are found during the repairs, they could affect the bridge’s opening date. The safety of the workers and the public is our number one priority, TDOT said.
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