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I-55 Mississippi River Bridge closes for vital deck repairs

The I-55 Mississippi River Bridge, an essential connector between Memphis and Arkansas, will be closing for two weeks. The closure, starting Sunday, March 10, at 8:00 pm, will last until Sunday, March 24, at 8:00 pm, to allow for important construction work on the bridge deck.

Detour plans: The shutdown will affect the I-55 southbound at Bridgeport Road in Arkansas and I-55 northbound at South Parkway in Tennessee, though local traffic can still exit at McLemore. Detours are suggested via I-40 for impacted travelers.

What's happening: TDOT crews are set to perform hydro-demolition and add a new polymer concrete overlay, a substance that requires specific temperature conditions and careful handling. This first of two scheduled closures is part of the ongoing I-55 and Crump interchange construction efforts.

For real-time updates and live traffic camera access, drivers can visit TNSmartWay.

During this period, transportation officials remind drivers to stay informed about current travel conditions before heading out and to avoid distractions while driving.

Cybersecurity risks in trucking: Experts warn of ELD vulnerabilities

A Colorado State University study exposes cybersecurity threats in the trucking industry through vulnerable Electronic Logging Devices that could risk vehicle control and data security.
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Atchafalaya Basin Bridge update ends split speed limits for trucks and cars

Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin Bridge implements a uniform 60 mph speed limit for all vehicles and sets right-lane-only rules for trucks to enhance road safety.
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FMCSA studies detention time's impact on trucker safety and efficiency

FMCSA initiates a study to understand the impact of shipping delays on truck driver safety and commercial vehicle operations, focusing on detention time and its effects on compliance, safety, and economic costs.
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