Mississippi River Reopens to Shipping Under Damaged Bridge Near Memphis

Mississippi River Reopens to Shipping Under Damaged Bridge Near Memphis tugboat and barge stopped in the mississippi river A tugboat with a barge attached sits near a boat ramp at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on Wednesday in Millington, Tenn., after a crack in the Interstate 40 bridge s shut down Mississippi River traffic near Memphis. (Adrian Sainz/AP)

Friday, 14 May 2021 10:38 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that river traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas.

Boats and barges can now cross under the Hernando De Soto Bridge, Petty Officer Carlos Galarza told The Associated Press. River traffic under the bridge was shut down Tuesday after inspectors found a fracture in a steel beam on the span.

The bridge remained closed to vehicle traffic Friday.