UPDATE: I-40 bridge in Memphis will begin reopening Saturday night


UPDATE (WREG) — The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Friday that eastbound lanes of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge would reopen at 10 p.m. Saturday, about 24 hours ahead of a schedule released earlier this week.

The westbound lanes may also open sooner than the scheduled date of Friday, TDOT said.

The agency said a contractor on the bridge was running ahead of schedule on the work.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — Crittenden County, Arkansas, Judge Woody Wheeless said Tuesday that the Interstate 40 bridge from Memphis to Arkansas will begin reopening Sunday night.

In a post to his Facebook page, Wheeless wrote that eastbound lanes will open Sunday night into Monday morning. Westbound lanes will open a few days later.

WREG has reached out to Department of Transportation representatives in Tennessee in Arkansas. TDOT confirms there is a reopening plan, but there are a few things that must be taken care of first.

“Yes, I can confirm TDOT has an opening plan for the I-40 bridge. Late this afternoon we started crafting our message. I will be sending out the press release with the plan mid-morning tomorrow. There are several things that have to be checked and verified before notifying everyone,” said Nicole Lawrence, TDOT Community Relations.

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge saw approximately 60,000 vehicles a day until it was shut down for repairs May 11 after inspectors found a large crack in a metal beam.

As of last Friday, Tennessee Department of Transportation said the reopening had likely been pushed to early August. TDOT was to begin stress testing the bridge Wednesday.

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