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Author Topic: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown  (Read 23676 times)

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Re: I-40 Bridge to Reopen
« Reply #300 on: July 27, 2021, 11:28:17 PM »

I-40 bridge may reopen this weekend eastbound with westbound opening a few days later.
Gives a new meaning to Eastbound and Down ... into the Mississippi.
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Re: I-40 Bridge to Reopen
« Reply #301 on: July 28, 2021, 12:15:03 AM »

Oops.  Must be a bad link.

I fixed the link in his post.  But I think this should be merged with the 'closed' thread anyways.

EDIT: Now merged.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #302 on: July 28, 2021, 12:48:36 AM »

That is welcome news! I'm sure the people of Memphis will be happy about that.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #303 on: July 30, 2021, 07:14:03 PM »

Confirmed -- the bridge should open to eastbound traffic tomorrow afternoon.  Westbound reopening currently expected the 6th.

https://dailymemphian.com/section/metro/article/23223/hernando-desoto-bridge-reopening-bridged-repairs
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #304 on: July 31, 2021, 11:44:38 AM »

Hopefully they leave some of the re-striping they did on I-55.  And here's hoping that the focus on the obvious bottlenecks in this area doesn't lessen to the point they don't do something about the clusterf**k Crump cloverleaf.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #305 on: July 31, 2021, 04:03:35 PM »

Hopefully they leave some of the re-striping they did on I-55.  And here's hoping that the focus on the obvious bottlenecks in this area doesn't lessen to the point they don't do something about the clusterf**k Crump cloverleaf.

Having used that almost-FUBAR I-55 crossing numerous times, I wholly concur with the above statement.  I'd also add that this whole situation should have opened eyes from locally all the way to Nashville (and hopefully some folks in D.C.!) about the absurdity of this dependence upon a substandard and obsolete facility.  However, the cynic in me says that the decision-makers at all levels will breathe a loud sigh of relief once I-40 opens fully, and relegate any further activity for improving (or, shall we "go big", adding) the river crossing scenario once again to the back shelf.  The idea of once again having to endure a single crossing for an extended period may scare TDOT and associates to the point that they just don't consider any potential closure of I-55 to be politically feasible due to public inconvenience.  We shall see -- but for the time being it's likely to be business as usual.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #306 on: July 31, 2021, 11:09:29 PM »

I-40 Bridge Eastbound  OPEN  
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #307 on: August 01, 2021, 12:12:31 AM »

I-40 Bridge Eastbound  OPEN
Google Maps hasn’t yet got the message - still reporting both directions are closed

I would think Google would figure that out pretty quickly, tracking more cell phones crossing EB via the I-40 bridge

BTW in that article about EB I-40 reopening on the bridge, there is a blurb about the Crump Interchange work beginning in 2022…anyone got any more details on that?
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #308 on: August 01, 2021, 11:12:02 AM »

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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #309 on: August 01, 2021, 10:09:05 PM »

I-40 Bridge Eastbound  OPEN
Google Maps hasn’t yet got the message - still reporting both directions are closed

I would think Google would figure that out pretty quickly, tracking more cell phones crossing EB via the I-40 bridge

BTW in that article about EB I-40 reopening on the bridge, there is a blurb about the Crump Interchange work beginning in 2022…anyone got any more details on that?
What's really weird is that Google seems to think the closure was extended.  Yesterday they were showing "closed until 10PM", now they say "closed until August 17" (westbound still shows "closed until August 6").  What the heck, Google?
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #310 on: August 02, 2021, 12:21:48 AM »

I-40 Bridge Eastbound  OPEN
Google Maps hasn’t yet got the message - still reporting both directions are closed

I would think Google would figure that out pretty quickly, tracking more cell phones crossing EB via the I-40 bridge

BTW in that article about EB I-40 reopening on the bridge, there is a blurb about the Crump Interchange work beginning in 2022…anyone got any more details on that?
What's really weird is that Google seems to think the closure was extended.  Yesterday they were showing "closed until 10PM", now they say "closed until August 17" (westbound still shows "closed until August 6").  What the heck, Google?
I’m more surprised it doesn’t say closed until October, like other roads.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #311 on: August 02, 2021, 02:25:19 PM »

I'm seeing traffic on both sides of the bridge on the traffic cams right now (1:25 pm my time). Perhaps it's 100% open as of today?
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #312 on: August 02, 2021, 02:34:43 PM »

I'm seeing traffic on both sides of the bridge on the traffic cams right now (1:25 pm my time). Perhaps it's 100% open as of today?

Looking at several SmartWay cameras, I only see eastbound traffic, and not a ton in particular.  Maybe the traffic on Arkansas' camera just to the west has traffic entering westbound on the Arkansas side of the bridge.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #313 on: August 02, 2021, 02:39:25 PM »

Nevermind.  I do see some stragglers going westbound using the bridge, so either they opened it, or there's some going around barriers.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #314 on: August 02, 2021, 04:18:46 PM »

ARDOT reports ALL lanes open (both directions) as of 3pm CDT
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #315 on: August 02, 2021, 05:11:18 PM »

Traffic still looks pretty light at this point on the cameras.  Word hasn't spread just yet on the VMS's and media outlets I guess.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #316 on: August 02, 2021, 05:32:00 PM »

Traffic still looks pretty light at this point on the cameras.  Word hasn't spread just yet on the VMS's and media outlets I guess.

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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #317 on: August 02, 2021, 10:54:36 PM »

Saw a VMS on I-30 just east of Texarkana saying I-40 bridge at Memphis is open both directions.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #318 on: August 03, 2021, 12:22:02 AM »

Finally, I won't have to see a VMS everyday reminding me to take an alternate route even though I'm already on the alternate route. And live 3+ hours away  :D.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #319 on: August 03, 2021, 08:58:50 AM »

Traffic still looks pretty light at this point on the cameras.  Word hasn't spread just yet on the VMS's and media outlets I guess.

https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2021/08/03/all-lanes-reopened-i-40-bridge-ahead-schedule/
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #320 on: August 04, 2021, 08:28:47 PM »

https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/23295/hernando-desoto-bridge-inspection-ardot

ARDOT officials have yet to explain how multiple inspections missed the potentially catastrophic crack that closed the bridge in May.
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Re: I -40 Hernando Desoto Bridge at Memphis shutdown
« Reply #321 on: August 04, 2021, 10:13:46 PM »

https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/23295/hernando-desoto-bridge-inspection-ardot

ARDOT officials have yet to explain how multiple inspections missed the potentially catastrophic crack that closed the bridge in May.

You have to realize that it was found by a guy who looked to make sure there was no river traffic below  before he spit over the side.....
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