I-40 bridge closed

News for those of you who live in Memphis and work in Arkansas, or vice versa…

The I-40 bridge over the Mississippi River – aka the Hernando DeSoto Bridge or “new bridge” – has been closed to traffic after a pillar in a construction zone settled overnight. They’re not taking any chances after the tragedy in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago. Looks like it may be closed for some time.

So, if you plan on crossing the river as you commute home, better get on I-55 as early in the commute as possible, and expect delays as that bridge will be forced to handle twice its normal volume.