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COMMUTER ALERT | Lane closure on I-40 this week

The Arkansas Highway Department is still working to repair damage from a March accident on Interstate 40 and, as a result, the area near the Crystal Hill overpass will see a lane closure Wednesday and Thursday.

In an alert issued today, the Highway Department said the westbound, outside lane near mile marker 149 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, weather permitting.

The overpass there was struck by an 18-wheeler and caused extensive damage to the bridge, shoulder and the interstate itself.

The truck driver died from injuries sustained in the fiery crash.

A portion of the repairs has been completed, but the Highway Department said this would work would repair the interstate lane that was damaged.

In the release, the Highway Department said, “crews will continue sawing cuts into the pavement in preparation to remove the damaged sections.”

The release added new steel and concrete will be put into to replace the damaged sections and that would happen in “coming weeks”

The familiar orange barrels and warning signs will be used to alert drivers of the work zones.

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