Coast Guard Stops River Traffic Under Hernando Desoto Bridge Which is Closed Due to a Crack in the Bridge Structure

The United States Coast Guard issues a waterway restriction on part of the Lower Mississippi River after a crack was discovered in the I-40/ Hernando Desoto Bridge.

All vessel traffic near the bridge was stopped between mile marker 736 and 737 until further notice. At least 16 vessels with a total of 229 barges are parked up and down the Mississippi River.

It’s unclear when I-40 bridge in Memphis will reopen. The Coast Guard is currently working with Arkansas and Tennessee Departments of Transportation and river industry stakeholders. TDOT said yesterday (Wednesday) that they are in the process of evaluating whether or not the bridge is stable enough to allow for barge traffic to continue. They couldn’t put a timetable on when that announcement will be made.

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