Construction crews will conduct the first of several major lane closures over several months for a seismic retrofit of the Interstate 40/Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tenn.
From Aug. 3 through mid-September, the I-40 eastbound Exit 1 off ramp to Front Street, Riverside Drive and the Tennessee Welcome Center will be closed. All traffic will be detoured to Exit 1B at Danny Thomas Blvd., the Tennessee Department of Transportation said.
This is the first of three phases of major lane closures on the bridge through mid-November. Crews will replace a large seismic joint on three bridge piers.
Beginning Sept. 7, crews will reduce I-40 to one lane in each direction until the week of Nov. 15. Phase 3 will require crews to close the I-40 westbound entrance ramp from Front Street and Riverside Drive in mid-October through mid-November.
TDOT has created a project website, www.tn.gov/tdot/i40hd/, to post information.