I-40 AR/TN bridge closed until further notice

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  1. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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  3. fishonron

    fishonron Medium Load Member

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    That's a little more than a crack I'd say.
    That's a big deal...
     
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  4. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    Made it over just in time, I guess.
    55 is so suckey on a normal day, it will be impossible until 40 opens back up.
    Oh well. Life of a trucker
     
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    Dna Mach Road Train Member

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    Just read an article that this was a routine check that they do every two years. Crack was so bad that the inspection crew called 911 and they had i-40 closed within about ten minutes. Sounds like a catastrophic event was narrowly missed. They’ve shut down barge traffic on the Mississippi as well.
     
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  6. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Duct Tape. That will fix it.
     
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    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    That's not carrying the traffic load. Most all of the vertical load is handled by the arch and suspension cables and directed into the piers. That beam is there to stabilize those huge crossbeams, and probably takes some good loads as traffic accelerates or decelerate. If you've ever been on a bridge in stop and go traffic, that fore and aft shaking (especially from heavy trucks taking off from a stop) would generate separation and twisting forces between those crossbeams that'd load that member. I bet that beam takes some hellacious wind loading, too.
     
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  9. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    I never really noticed what the bridge looks like from side. But this may put it in perspective

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