The six-lane bridge linking Tennessee and Arkansas helps make Memphis a critical U.S. distribution hub, along with the headquarters of FedEx Corp. , a large port and five major freight railroads.
Typically, about 40,000 cars and trucks a day would cross the bridge, a double-arch steel structure that is almost 2 miles long.
The Arkansas DOT, which is responsible for inspecting the bridge, said inspections in 2019 and 2020 missed the crack, and it since has fired the statewide bridge inspector.
Repair work on the nearly 50-year-old bridge will stretch through at least July, according to the Tennessee Transportation Department, which handles repairs and maintenance.
The two states are sharing the cost of repairs, officials said.
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