According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), beginning May 11 the I-40 Hernando DeSoto bridge was closed, after a routine inspection revealed a crack on the bottom of the bridge truss.
As of May 13, both highway traffic over the bridge and river traffic under the bridge continue to be shut down until further notice.
Contract crews must investigate the extent of the crack and make emergency repairs.
It is unclear how long the repairs will take.
Currently, vehicular traffic is being rerouted, and Coast Guard officials are working with barge operators to determine the safest alternative to resume barge traffic.