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ArDOT fires employee over missed crack in I-40 Bridge inspection

Contractor company selected for repairs
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Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:52 PM CDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - Nearly a week after crews discovered a “significant crack” that shut down the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River, Arkansas highway officials discuss what’s next.

Officials with the Arkansas Department of Transportation report the employee who failed to note the fracture in a 2019 and 2020 inspection has been terminated.

The repair of the bridge will be done in two phases.

Officials say the first phase will include stabilizing the bridge for crews to get on the bridge and the second phase will include replacing that section of the bridge.

Right now there is no timeline for when traffic will be able to cross the bridge.

Around 4:50 p.m. Monday, ARDOT announced that they and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) have selected Kiewit Corporation to perform the repairs.

To help boost confidence in the I-55 bridge, ARDOT Director Lorie Tudor says they’ve asked TDOT to perform a drone review of the I-55 bridge.

They hope this shows the public that the previous inspection was performed correctly and that it is currently in good condition

“We understand that in order to regain the public’s trust and confidence, we need to be transparent and accountable and we are committed to doing so,” Director Lorie Tudor emphasized. “We will correct this problem and become better for it.”

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