The Arkansas Department of Transportation confirmed on Wednesday that all Interstate 40 eastbound lanes of the Hernando de Soto Bridge at West Memphis connecting Arkansas to Memphis will open on Monday, Aug, 2, by 6 a.m.
Additionally, the department confirmed that the I-40 westbound lanes over the Mississippi River are scheduled to open on Friday, Aug. 6.
The bridge was closed on May 11 after a routine inspection revealed a crack. In the first six weeks after the closure, the state trucking industry absorbed more than $70 million in unanticipated costs, according to the Arkansas Trucking Association, with an average daily cost of almost $1 million.
Data revealed that truck traffic over the Mississippi decreased only slightly from 26,500 trucks per day to 23,500.