Hernando de Soto Bridge

Steel-arch bridge in the United States

The Hernando de Soto Bridge is a tied-arch bridge carrying Interstate 40 over the Mississippi River between West Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee. People who live in Memphis also call the bridge the "New Bridge", because it is newer than the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge (carrying Interstate 55) downstream.

Hernando de Soto Bridge
Aerial view of the Hernando de Soto Bridge
Hernando de Soto Bridge photographed from the Memphis Pyramid
Coordinates35°09′10″N 90°03′50″W / 35.15278°N 90.06389°W / 35.15278; -90.06389Coordinates: 35°09′10″N 90°03′50″W / 35.15278°N 90.06389°W / 35.15278; -90.06389
Carries6 lanes of I-40
CrossesMississippi River
LocaleWest Memphis, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee
Other name(s)The M Bridge, Memphis Bridge, Mississippi Bridge, New Bridge
Maintained byTDOT and ARDOT
ID number79I00400001
Designtied arch, through arch
Pier constructionConcrete
Total length9,432.6 feet (2,875 m)
Width90 feet (27 m)
Longest span900 feet (274 m)
Clearance below109 feet (33 m)
Construction startMay 2, 1967; 56 years ago (1967-05-02)
OpenedAugust 2, 1973; 50 years ago (1973-08-02)
Daily traffic37,308 (2018)[1]

References Edit

  1. Tennessee Department of Transportation. "Traffic History". ArcGIS. Esri.