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Thu May 13, 2021, 06:07 AM

Official: Repairs to interstate bridge could take months (I-40)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on a section of the Mississippi River, a transportation official said Wednesday.

A congressional Democrat from Tennessee flagged the crack as a warning sign of the urgent need to act on fixes to the nation's infrastructure.

The six-lane bridge into Memphis was shut down Tuesday afternoon after inspectors found a "significant fracture" in one of two 900-foot horizontal steel beams that are crucial for the bridge's integrity, said Lorie Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Both states' transportation agencies said they would make sure the 48-year-old, 1.8-mile bridge is safe before reopening.

Read more: https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/arkansas/story/2021/may/13/official-repairs-interstate-bridge-could-take-months/871011/

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TexasTowelie May 13 OP
EYESORE 9001 May 13 #1
Sherman A1 May 13 #2
EYESORE 9001 May 13 #3
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 06:18 AM

1. Wouldn't it be great...

if the federal government were to allocate funds for maintenance and repair of structures like bridges - infrastructure, if you will, to facilitate safe transportation and commerce? What a concept!

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu May 13, 2021, 06:23 AM

2. It will be an ugly drive through Memphis with all that traffic bunched up on the I-55 bridge

Just won’t be pretty at all.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #2)

Thu May 13, 2021, 06:32 AM

3. While caught in traffic, I hope those affected

use the time to reflect upon the reasons why bridge maintenance came to such a sorry state in the first place, then consider which deplorable group in government is dragging their feet on approving funds for improving infrastructure in this country.

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Response to EYESORE 9001 (Reply #3)

Thu May 13, 2021, 06:48 AM

4. They will be listening to AM talk radio filled with hate

And blaming who they are told to blame which is every group but the true culprits, the GQP.

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