ARDOT Confirms Earlier Evidence of Damage on I-40 Bridge

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LITTLE ROCK (5-14) – The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) has confirmed that an image captured by an inspector’s drone video shows evidence of damage in the same area of the fracture which caused the Interstate 40 Bridge to be shut down earlier this week, according to agency officials.

In May 2019, a video shows the evidence of the damage on the lower side of the bridge. ARDOT is now investigating to see if that damage was noted in a September  2019 inspection report and, if so, what actions were taken.

A new webpage, dedicated to this closure of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge is available. You can also stay current on this issue by following @myARDOT on Twitter and explore using the hashtag #40MSRiverBridge. Find additional information at IDriveArkansas.com or ARDOT.gov

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Contact: Britni Dumas

NR 21-138

May 14, 2021