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9 miles of busy Interstate 40 in Arkansas shut down for repair work

The stretch of road on which the bridge is located is already in the midst of a major construction project and AHTD officials have continuously urged motorists to take the alternative route in both directions.

The Associated Press

3/26/2013

HAZEN, Ark.  — The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department has shut down a 9 mile section of Interstate 40 in eastern Arkansas in order to work on the I-40 bridge over the White River.

The department shut down eastbound lanes of the interstate and mile marker 193 about 5 p.m. Monday.

Traffic is being diverted to Highway 70 in Hazen and is routed back onto the interstate at mile marker 202 at Biscoe.

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Westbound lanes are not affected.

The stretch of road on which the bridge is located is already in the midst of a major construction project and AHTD officials have continuously urged motorists to take the alternative route in both directions.

While during construction traffic flows fairly seamlessly, although much slower than normal, frequent wrecks have tied up traffic for hours.

Last week, two tractor trailers were involved in a wreck with two passenger cars that closed the road for some six hours.

A department spokesman was the work could continue through the middle of the week.

The AHTD says damage to the bridge was discovered during a routine inspection.

The White River Bridge was built in 1968 and is scheduled to be replaced in 2015.

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