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Bridge could open as early as next week


TDOT says repairs nearing completion It has been nearly three months since the Hernando DeSoto Bridge spanning the Mississippi River and connecting West Memphis to Memphis was closed to traffic after an inspection revealed a crack to a major supporting structure in th bridge’s framework.

Since the closure, traffic

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along the major east-west corridor has been closed with I-55 serving as the sole local crossing point, resulting in traffic nightmares and a massive hit to the local economy.

It now appears that an end to the ordeal is in sight.

According to reports released on Monday, the bridge could be reopened to at least some traffic as soon as Monday morning.

Crittenden County Judge Woody Wheeless broke the news on social media Monday afternoon.

Although the news did not come from an official ARDOT or TDOT source, Wheeless and other local leaders have been very hands on in the daily updates concerning the bridge shutdown.

“I-40 bridge reopening schedule,” Wheeless posted at around 5:30 p.m.

Monday afternoon. “East Bound lanes – Sunday night/Monday morning.

West Bound lanes – A few days later.”

Without an official announcment from either state’s department of transportation, Wheeless anticipated an update soon.

“A press release will be coming out in the morning,” he said. “I will keep you updated if something changes.”

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