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Southern Baptists' new leader: long career as bridge builder

Jun. 15, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

As ideological divisions wracked the Southern Baptist Convention this year ahead of a pivotal national meeting, one of the leading candidates for its presidency, Ed Litton, embraced a role as the man best equipped to build bridges and promote unity. “From time to time,...

Lane closures on Ohio River bridge extended for repairs

Jun. 09, 2021 04:09 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A bridge over the Ohio River that connects Kentucky and Indiana needs repair work, which means some lanes will be closed longer than expected, officials said. The three left lanes of the Interstate 65 Kennedy Bridge were closed Monday for an...

Florida bridge tolls suspended amid repair to separate span

Jun. 07, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Motorists in the Pensacola area can continue to drive toll-free across one bridge while repairs continue on the hurricane-damaged Pensacola Bay Bridge. The toll suspension on the Garcon Point Bridge was set to expire Sunday. But Gov. Ron DeSantis...

Transportation secretary to visit closed interstate bridge

May. 28, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will visit the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas that's been indefinitely closed after a crack was found in one of its steel beams. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday...

1st step of I-40 bridge repair complete; span remains closed

May. 26, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The first step toward repairing a crack in a steel beam in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas has been completed, two weeks after the span was closed to vehicles, officials said. Engineers have installed steel plates on each...

Kayaker's photos show crack in closed I-40 bridge in 2016

May. 20, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Photos taken by a Mississippi River kayaker about five years before a crack was found in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas appear to show the fracture that led transportation officials to close the span indefinitely last week. ...

Drawbridge in coastal Mississippi set to reopen this week

May. 20, 2021 00:38 AM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A drawbridge in coastal Mississippi is set to reopen this week following a two-month closure for repairs. The Fort Bayou Bridge on Hwy. 609 through Ocean Springs will be operational again on Thursday, the state Department of Transportation...

With I-40 bridge closed, backup route gets inspection

May. 18, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An inspection of the Interstate 55 bridge connecting Tennessee and Arkansas began Tuesday, a week after the span became the states' primary Mississippi River crossing when a cracked steel beam prompted the indefinite closure of the nearby Interstate 40 bridge. ...

Inspector who failed to catch interstate bridge crack fired

May. 17, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An inspector who failed to discover a crack in the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that prompted the span's closure has been fired, Arkansas transportation officials said Monday. Arkansas Department of Transportation...

$11B for transit would aid bullet train, move Olympic crowds

May. 14, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed spending an additional $11 billion on transportation improvements, much of it for a troubled bullet train intended to eventually link California's major metropolitan areas and for projects supporting the 2028 Summer Olympics in...