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Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 12, 2021 01:56PM
The Socialists are taking away our freedoms to drive over our beloved bridges!

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 Wednesday.

A congressional Democrat from Tennessee flagged the crack as a warning sign of the urgent need to act on fixes to the nation’s infrastructure.

The six-lane bridge into Memphis was shut down Tuesday afternoon after inspectors found a “significant fracture” in one of two 900-foot (274-meter) horizontal steel beams that are crucial for the bridge’s integrity, said Lorie Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Both states’ transportation agencies said they would make sure the 48-year-old, 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) bridge is safe before reopening.

“This fracture had the potential of becoming a catastrophic event that was prevented by our staff’s diligent effort in managing our bridge inspection program,” Tudor said.

Traffic was being rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south.

River traffic was also shut down in the Memphis area until further notice, the Tennessee Department of Transportation said. The U.S. Coast Guard said 16 tow boats hauling more than 220 barges were waiting in line Wednesday.

The closure is creating traffic congestion in Memphis and in neighboring West Memphis, Arkansas. DeWayne Rose, West Memphis’ emergency manager, said officials there are using contingency plans to get trauma patients to facilities in Memphis or to other nearby hospitals.

“People around this area are used to lane closures, they’re used to construction, they’re used to shutdowns, and I think everyone is just a little on edge because of the uncertainty of the time frame of this,” Rose said.

Road crews were poised to remove any cars that crash or otherwise become stuck on the four-lane I-55 bridge. The next nearest Mississippi River crossings are about 60 miles (96 kilometers) to the south near Lula, Mississippi, and 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the north near Dyersburg, Tennessee.

An inspection team was working to determine if the I-40 bridge could hold its own weight and the weight of construction crews, said Paul Degges, chief engineer for the Tennessee transportation department. Barge traffic will not resume until engineers decide that the bridge can stand on its own, he said.

The process of determining those factors could take days, and the repairs could last much longer, Degges said. Arkansas is in charge of inspections, while Tennessee handles maintenance and repairs, officials said.



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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AK-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: May 12, 2021 01:58PM
AK is Alaska...AR is Arkansas.
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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AK-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 12, 2021 01:59PM
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Carnos Jax
AK is Alaska...AR is Arkansas.
whoops
that would some long bridge, wouldn't it?
fixed
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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 12, 2021 02:06PM
I am disappointed about the AK-TN bridge :-(



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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 12, 2021 02:09PM
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mattkime
I am disappointed about the AK-TN bridge :-(

at least it's a bridge to somewhere
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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: Don C
Date: May 12, 2021 02:26PM
Inspectors closed the I-64 bridge over the Ohio River at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon with one of the inspectors saying that he would not allow his own family to drive across the bridge.

Traffic was diverted to I-65 making for some slow commutes. At least the alternative was only a few miles diversion, not the 40+ miles in the OP.

Took a four months to get it open again. Businesses in New Albany, IN on the north shore suffered during those months.
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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 13, 2021 12:28PM
Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span


So it's a coin toss —

Will the States refuse monies from the Infrastructure Bill and make the repairs with sheer AK-TN mettle or will they proudly proclaim 'Help is coming!'.





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Re: Good thing we don't need that infrastructure bill: AR-TN bridge closed w/ major crack
Posted by: RgrF
Date: May 13, 2021 09:32PM
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RAMd®d
Repairs to the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee could take months after a crack was found in the span


So it's a coin toss —

Will the States refuse monies from the Infrastructure Bill and make the repairs with sheer AK-TN mettle or will they proudly proclaim 'Help is coming!'.

The original deal was that he US would build and pay for the Interstate system and that states would maintain the system within it's borders. A system that was intended to spur their local economy - seems like some, maybe many, states were given a gift they took for granted and never really appreciated.
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