Latest Tennessee Department of Transportation News

A rush to judgment raises questions about bridge inspections

Jul. 25, 2021 00:15 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Monty Frazier was on leave when he received the phone call that ended his career. It was May 11, and the 51-year-old father of three had taken the week off from his job as a heavy bridge inspector with ArDOT, the Arkansas Department of...

I-40 bridge in Tennessee likely won't reopen until August

Jul. 23, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation now says it will likely be early August before the Interstate 40 bridge between Arkansas and Tennessee can reopen to traffic. Contractors are working on phase 3 of the repairs that began after a crack was...

Nashville interstate tract to close during fireworks Sunday

Jul. 01, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Transportation officials will briefly shut down a section of the interstate in Nashville with a view of the July 4 fireworks to prevent onlookers from putting themselves in danger. A news release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation...

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...

Tennessee to pause most Memorial Day weekend lane closures

May. 25, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say almost all construction-related highway lane closures will be paused for Memorial Day weekend. According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the lane closures will be on pause for interstates and state routes...

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. ...

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...

Mississippi River traffic resumes under damaged bridge

May. 14, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The Arkansas...

Official: Repairs to interstate bridge could take months

May. 12, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — 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...