I-40 Bridge inspection causes lane closures through mid-March, ARDOT says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Drivers should expect lane closures across the I-40 Bridge over the next few weeks.

An inspection of the bridge requires single outside lane closures through mid-March, according to ARDOT.

The hands-on inspection will be performed by ARDOT’s consultant, HNTB.

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ARDOT crews will also use the planned lane closures to conduct a hands-on evaluation of the repair work completed last summer on the tie girders of the main arch spans, officials said.

Outside lane closures begin Feb. 28 in the westbound direction and will continue for eight days, including the weekend.

Once the westbound direction is complete, crews will close the eastbound outside lane for around eight days, ARDOT said.

Only one lane of traffic in one direction will be closed at a time, and will be limited to the following times:

· Westbound outside: Mon-Fri | 5:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.

· Eastbound outside: Mon-Fri | 8:30a.m. – 6:30p.m.

· Either WB or EB outside: Sat-Sun | 7a.m. – 5p.m.

The next phase of bridge inspection will happen during the summer, where the consultant will perform additional ultrasonic testing of steel welds within the five spans west of the main arch.

ARDOT said a full inspection of the main arch spans is scheduled for September 2022.