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I-40 improvements to require closures in St. Francis County, Memphis

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published July 11, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.

Improvements to Interstate 40 in St. Francis County and in Memphis will require traffic diversions and lane closures next week, Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department officials said.

Monday through Friday morning, crews will complete overnight work on the Arkansas 38 interchange in St. Francis County.

Drivers in both directions of I-40 will be diverted across Arkansas 38 using existing ramps, rather than traveling under the bridge, officials said. The diversion will occur from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

Bridge work along the Mississippi River bridge in Memphis will also require a lane closure on I-40 beginning Wednesday.

Officials said a work zone will be moved to the north side of the bridge, and two westbound lanes will shift to the center of the bridge. Two eastbound lanes will remain open on the south side of the bridge, and the eastbound outside lane will be closed. This configuration will continue for approximately two months, officials said.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will close the I-40 eastbound Exit 1 ramp to Riverside Drive and Front Street in downtown Memphis on July 22 at 10 a.m. Traffic will be detoured to the Danny Thomas Boulevard exit and then to downtown using Poplar or Jefferson avenues.

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