MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Major work on the Hernando DeSoto Bridge over the Mississippi River is expected to cause traffic delays for much of the rest of 2010.
The bridge carries Interstate 40 traffic between Memphis, Tenn., and West Memphis, Ark. The work will continue the retrofitting of the span to withstand earthquakes.
The first phase begins Tuesday and will close Exit Ramp 1 eastbound for three weeks. That's the ramp to Front Street, Riverside Drive and the Tennessee Welcome Center.
Later closings will restrict all bridge traffic to one lane in each direction and those will begin Sept. 7 and are scheduled to last through mid-November.
The ongoing project to make the bridge capable of withstanding a magnitude 7.0 quake began a decade ago.
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