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I-40 bridge lane closures set to end by mid-October, ARDOT says

The I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge over the Mississippi River has had lane closures since Sept. 6, 2022, due to inspections.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The I-40 Hernando de Soto bridge over the Mississippi River in Memphis will end lane closures due to inspections by October 13, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) said Friday.

ARDOT said they are nearing completion on Nonredundant Steel Tension Member (NSTM) inspection, which required alternating single outside lane closures Monday through Thursday for about four weeks starting September 6. 

While the inspections are soon to be over, the lane closures will continue until October 13 for routine maintenance. One outside lane will close at a time.

The closures will be limited to the following times, according to ARDOT:

  • Westbound outside: Mon-Thurs | 6:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Eastbound outside: Mon-Thurs | 8:30a.m. – 5:30p.m.

ARDOT said the inspection required specific load-carrying areas underneath the roadway to be inspected, including the section which developed a large crack last year, but ARDOT said the inspection is routine.

Remember to slow down in work zones and minimize distractions, like cell phones.

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