Ongoing I-40 bridge closure puts local transportation and intermodal firms’ revenue, driver pay in a jam
The impact of the closure of the Hernando de Soto Bridge on I-40 has put local transportation and intermodal firms in a jam.
The I-40 bridge typically handles 40,000 vehicles a day, with 12,500 of them being commercial trucks.
Joel Henry, president of Memphis-based Intermodal Cartage Co., an IMC Companies brand, said movement of products has hit a significant roadblock.
“During normal business hours, we are seeing [an additional] two to three hours on these moves,” Henry said.
All traffic has been diverted to the I-55 Memphis-Arkansas Bridge until further notice. Now, approximately 14,000 extra trucks cross the I-55 bridge daily.
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Posted: May 18, 2021