Due to a large crack in a steel support beam on the bridge that extends over the Mississippi River at Memphis, barge traffic shut down this past Tuesday. Faced with a backlog of more than 1,000 barges, the Coast Guard reopened the river Friday morning. The closure highlights the importance of infrastructure. “This can be a lesson in what could happen if any of the locks fail; we’re done,” said Lee Nelson, president, Upper River Services. Nelson said 430,000 tons of commodities go under this bridge on a typical day.
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