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Interstate 40 eastbound in Arkansas reopens

Workers assemble a temporary structure called a Bailey Truss that will provide support for the I-40 White River Bridge while repairs are made. (Courtesy: ARKANSAS HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT)

The Trucker News Services

3/27/2013

HAZEN, Ark. — Work to restore Interstate 40 eastbound traffic on the White River Bridge in eastern Arkansas is now complete.

The eastbound lane was opened at 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) officials.

Inspectors discovered damage during a routine examination of the bridge on Monday.

As a safety precaution, all eastbound traffic was detoured.

Crews worked around the clock to re-establish traffic flow while repairs are being made.

The Interstate 40 White River Bridge is inspected every 12 months.

It’s estimated that 30,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily, 58 percent of which are tractor-trailers. The bridge was constructed in 1968 and is 2,701 feet in length. It is scheduled to be replaced in 2015.

The bridge is located in an area of Interstate 40 that continues to undergo major construction with July set as the projected completion date.

Meantime, drivers are urged to use extreme caution when entering this or any highway work zone.

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

There are marked detours to U.S. Highway 70, which runs parallel to I-40.

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

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