I-40 bridge linking Arkansas, Tennessee re-opened

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities on Saturday night reopened the Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee that had been closed ever since a crack was discovered in the span in May.

The Hernando DeSoto Bridge reopened to the public for eastbound traffic on Saturday.

The I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River was shut down May 11 after inspectors found a crack in one of two 900-foot horizontal steel beams critical for the bridge’s structural integrity.

I-40 runs from North Carolina to California. Manufacturers and shippers rely on the interstate to move products and materials across the river.