The crack was discovered within the elements of a steel box beam, the state said.
The equipment removal was expected to happen one side at a time because this is “the safest scenario for the workers,” the release reads.
“We know having the bridge closed has been incredibly inconvenient,” TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright said. “We appreciate the public’s patience while our team made the repairs and performed extensive inspections to ensure its structurally sound for many years to come.”
Both Arkansas and Tennessee share responsibility for the bridge, as ARDOT handles inspections and TDOT handles repairs, they said in a statement.
“Back in May, we speculated that it would be the end of July, first of August to work through all the phases needed to reopen the bridge,” Bright said.
“We did not know then what all would be involved, but what I do know is we have all been fortunate to have had a great team that personally took on this project and worked tirelessly to safely reopen the bridge as soon as possible.”
Fintech Zoom’s Eric Levenson, Rebekah Riess and Devon Sayers contributed to this report.