Latest Tennessee Department of Transportation News

I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee fully reopens

Aug. 02, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee fully reopened Monday ahead of schedule following repairs to a crack that had shut down the span since early May. The Tennessee Department of Transportation's spokeswoman said in a tweet the...

I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee re-opened

Jul. 31, 2021 23:31 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities on Saturday night reopened the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that had been closed ever since a crack was discovered in the span in May. The Hernando DeSoto Bridge, a key artery for U.S. commerce, reopened to the...

Opening of I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee moved up

Jul. 30, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Transportation officials on Friday sped up their plans to reopen the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was discovered in the span. The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the eastbound lanes...

Interstate bridge over Mississippi River to begin reopening

Jul. 28, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that was closed after a crack was found in the span will begin reopening to traffic next week, transportation officials said Wednesday. The Arkansas and Tennessee departments of transportation...

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...