Report: Interstate bridge’s crack likely dates back to 1970s

LITTLE ROCK Ark. (AP) — A report says that a crack in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Interstate 40 bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee for three months likely began when the span was fabricated in the 1970s.

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The Arkansas Department of Transportation on Thursday released reports reviewing the crack that forced the closure of the I-40 bridge spanning the Mississippi River in May.

One of the reports says the crack occurred in a weld between two plates during the bridge’s fabrication.

The crack was first visible in 2016.

The department in May fired the inspector who missed it.

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