MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced the contractor has completed the repair of the initial fracture on the Hernando Desoto Bridge on Tuesday.
Additionally, TDOT provided information on what’s on the agenda for this week in their biweekly update:
- Removed all post-tensioning (PT) rods, now removing weldment/anchors
- Minor miscellaneous drilling remains on some small connection pieces
- Final bolting and torquing are ongoing
- Removal of the rigging from the upper truss section
- Several miscellaneous bracing and connection pieces that were initially removed to accommodate the work are being re-installed
Bridge inspectors conducted ultrasound testing on more than 500 weld connections. TDOT said they have identified nine locations that need plating, and they are currently completing the design of those plates this week. Material is being sourced with fabrication to follow.
TDOT said their goal for opening the bridge is still the end of July.