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I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge Lane Shift

Monday, July 14, 2014 | 07:40am

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is preparing for major traffic shifts on the I-40 Bridge over the Mississippi River throughout the summer

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 the two westbound lanes of the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge will shift to the center of the bridge. The eastbound outside lane will be closed. This shift will remain in place for approximately 2 months.

Motorists will have two 11’ lanes in each direction. These movements are necessary for crews to safely install modular seismic expansion joints on the bridge. Wide loads will be prohibited during this time.

For travel and TDOT construction information, visit the TDOT SmartWay web site at or download the new TDOT SmartWay mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android. Travelers can also dial 511 from any land-line or cellular phone for travel information or can follow us on Twitter at for statewide travel information.  Drivers are reminded to use all motorist information tools responsibly.  Drivers should refrain from texting, tweeting or using a mobile phone while operating a vehicle.  TDOT advises drivers to “Know before you go!” by checking traffic conditions before leaving for your destination.



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