(CNN) It could take up to two months to temporarily repair a crack that forced the closure of a vital bridge in Memphis Tennessee, the state's chief engineer told CNN, while dozens of ships with hundreds of barges wait to safely travel the waterway below. "It will be a number of weeks at least until we can have a repair in place, probably six to eight weeks minimum," Paul Degges, Tennessee Department of Transportation chief engineer told CNN. Drivers are being rerouted to Interstate 55, about 3 miles south, where another bridge spans the Mississippi River. The state will be partially responsible for the bridge repair, he said, adding, "there is still a lot of information that we need to learn." At 48 years old, the Hernando de Soto Bridge is newer than the 72-year-old Memphis-Arkansas Bridge on I-55, where traffic is being diverted.
Source: CNN May 13, 2021 13:32 UTC