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I-40 Hernando-desoto Bridge, Memphis, Tn

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A news report this morning produced some disturbing news. Apparently a bridge pier on the I-40 bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis has some problems.

For those of you traveling east or west, at least for now, I'd recommend a detour either norh thru Dyersburg, over the I-155 bridge and go from there; or go south on U S 61 to south of Tunica and take the U S 45 bridge. I-55, the only road bridge now in operation, is handling 50,000 + cars a day - expect delays!!!! Incidentally, the I-55 bridge was built in the late 1940's to replace the board roadway wings on the Harahan Railroad Bridge - built in 1916. Both the Harahan and I-55 bridges, depsite their ages, seem to be holding up quite well, thank you.

Full story here:

 

http://www.commercialappeal.com/ - click on Hernando DeSoto Bridge closed due to pier inspection

 

The Associated Press

Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 27, 2007

Updated 01:09 p.m., August 27, 2007

 

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge that carries Interstate 40 traffic between Memphis and Arkansas was closed this morning after a bridge pier in a construction zone settled overnight.

 

Hudsonly,

Alex Burr

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A news report this morning produced some disturbing news. Apparently a bridge pier on the I-40 bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis has some problems.

For those of you traveling east or west, at least for now, I'd recommend a detour either norh thru Dyersburg, over the I-155 bridge and go from there; or go south on U S 61 to south of Tunica and take the U S 45 bridge. I-55, the only road bridge now in operation, is handling 50,000 + cars a day - expect delays!!!! Incidentally, the I-55 bridge was built in the late 1940's to replace the board roadway wings on the Harahan Railroad Bridge - built in 1916. Both the Harahan and I-55 bridges, depsite their ages, seem to be holding up quite well, thank you.

Full story here:

 

http://www.commercialappeal.com/ - click on Hernando DeSoto Bridge closed due to pier inspection

 

The Associated Press

Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 27, 2007

Updated 01:09 p.m., August 27, 2007

 

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge that carries Interstate 40 traffic between Memphis and Arkansas was closed this morning after a bridge pier in a construction zone settled overnight.

 

Hudsonly,

Alex Burr

Thanks for the report hester_nec.

 

Any idea what type of bridge the Hernando DeSoto Bridge is and its age?

 

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Incidentally, the I-55 bridge was built in the late 1940's to replace the board roadway wings on the Harahan Railroad Bridge - built in 1916.

Hudsonly,

Alex Burr

 

Alex,

 

Don't I recall you posting some shots of the Harahan Bridge? Where are those? What was the neme of the post?

 

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A news report this morning produced some disturbing news. Apparently a bridge pier on the I-40 bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis has some problems.

For those of you traveling east or west, at least for now, I'd recommend a detour either norh thru Dyersburg, over the I-155 bridge and go from there; or go south on U S 61 to south of Tunica and take the U S 45 bridge. I-55, the only road bridge now in operation, is handling 50,000 + cars a day - expect delays!!!! Incidentally, the I-55 bridge was built in the late 1940's to replace the board roadway wings on the Harahan Railroad Bridge - built in 1916. Both the Harahan and I-55 bridges, depsite their ages, seem to be holding up quite well, thank you.

Full story here:

 

http://www.commercialappeal.com/ - click on Hernando DeSoto Bridge closed due to pier inspection

 

The Associated Press

Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 27, 2007

Updated 01:09 p.m., August 27, 2007

 

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge that carries Interstate 40 traffic between Memphis and Arkansas was closed this morning after a bridge pier in a construction zone settled overnight.

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: I-40 bridge is re-opened. I sort of figured that would be the case:

I-40 bridge over Mississippi River at Memphis reopens after construction workers closed it, Monday after an engineer discovered a bridge pier had settled 3½ inches overnight.

Full story @: http://www.wmctv.com/Global/story.asp?S=6987526

 

To answer the post on the Harahan bridge - go to my web site @ http://www.freewebs.com/yankeetraveller/index.htm and click on Memphis Day Trips. Then scroll down to Memphis-Arkansas Speedway & US 70, etc, Alignment - the pictures of the bridge are more showing whats left of the plank road they put on the side of the bridge in 1926. However, there is a link at the end that will take you to a bridge link.

It's a cantilevered through truss bridge.

 

Hudsonly,

Alex Burr

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