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Hernando DeSoto Bridge


Overview at dark

Photo taken by Jeremy Clevenger

BH Photo #108921


Street Views 


Two-span steel through arch bridge over the Mississippi River on I-40 at Memphis
Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, and Crittenden County, Arkansas
Open to traffic
Built 1973
- Bethlehem Steel Co. of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Two 900' tied steel arch spans and five continuous steel box girder spans
Length of largest span: 899.7 ft.
Total length: 9,432.6 ft. (1.8 mi.)
Deck width: 85.6 ft.
Vertical clearance above deck: 18.6 ft.
Also called
The New Bridge (common name)
Approximate latitude, longitude
+35.15307, -90.06403   (decimal degrees)
35°09'11" N, 90°03'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/767451/3893966 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Northwest Memphis
Average daily traffic (as of 2018)
Inventory numbers
TN 79I00400001 (Tennessee bridge number)
BH 32700 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection report (as of September 2017)
Overall condition: Fair
Superstructure condition rating: Fair (5 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Good (7 out of 9)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Sufficiency rating: 58 (out of 100)
View more at BridgeReports.com

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2019: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • December 20, 2016: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • July 8, 2016: New photos from Royce and Bobette Haley
  • February 28, 2014: New photo from Jack Schmidt
  • November 12, 2013: New photo from Shane Passmore
  • November 8, 2013: New photos from Shane Passmore
  • March 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • April 1, 2009: New photos from Channin Rosenthal
  • June 3, 2008: New photos from David B. Haun
  • May 22, 2006: Posted additional photo from Jonathan Maxwell


  • Jeremy Clevenger - j_s_clevenger [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Jonathan Maxwell - themaxwellshouse [at] roadrunner [dot] com
  • Wikipedia
  • David B. Haun
  • Channin Rosenthal
  • J.P. - wildcatjon2000 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Dana and Kay Klein
  • Shane Passmore - aa5te [dot] kb5ehr [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Royce and Bobette Haley - roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Nathan Holth


Hernando DeSoto Bridge
Posted October 27, 2015, by William Alford (wjalford [at] comcast [dot] net)

The bridge has 6 lanes 3-3 not 4, 2-2 with no brake down lanes

Hernando DeSoto Bridge
Posted August 13, 2015, by Cassie (greydelislefan [at] gmail [dot] com)

Eh, it probably isn't the best bridge in the world, but I like it myself. Upgrades or a twin span could be built to alleviate its issues, certainly.

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted April 1, 2009, by Channin Rosenthal

It does have 4 lanes even though there is no emergency lane. The bridges in Cairo, Illinois are WAY scarier!! I love this bridge, mostly because I live in Memphis and I remember when they put the lights on the bridge. Sentimental reasons I guess.

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted September 4, 2007, by tom

This bridge is almost as bad as the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati but not that old. A Twin Structure ought to be built parallel to this one.

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted August 22, 2007, by Frank Sellke (franksellke [at] brueckenweb [dot] de)

a photo

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by James (adorno423 [at] aol [dot] com)

67.30 Sufficirncy rating

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted August 3, 2007, by Beverly Hanna (bhanna [at] appliedfiber [dot] com)

What is the rating of this bridge as of August, 2007. I have always been afraid on this one and the collapse in Minnesota has not helped.

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge
Posted March 22, 2007, by jeff (gainesjt [at] gmail [dot] com)

There are no emergency pull-off lanes on this bridge. If a car stalls or stops for any reason, it stalls or stops in a traffic lane. There have been numerous crashes as a result of this deficiency. Many have resulted in fatalities. One crash, involving a DUI driver, sent a small child over the side of the bridge. He fell ~80' to his death.

Mississippi River I-40 Bridge-Appraisal: Functionally obsolete
Posted March 21, 2007, by Doug Force (dougforce [at] gmail [dot] com)

What does this mean?

Appraisal: Functionally obsolete