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I-40 bridge fix likely to take through July; Buttigieg visits closed span

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  I-40 bridge fix likely to take through July; Buttigieg visits closed span Transportation secretary also talks up infrastructure plan by  Tess Vrbin  | Today at 7:19 a.m. 0 Follow Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (center) gets a look at the cracked beam on the Hernando De Soto Bridge on Thursday with U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., (left) and other officials. The span over the Mississippi River on Interstate 40 between West Memphis and Memphis has been closed since May 11. (AP/The Commercial Appeal/Joe Rondone) MEMPHIS -- Repairs on a steel support beam on the Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River are expected to take through at least July, transportation officials said Thursday as U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with regional officials. The six-lane, 19,535-foot Hernando de Soto Bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee has been closed since May 11, when an inspection revealed a crack in the beam. The bridge will not reopen until the two-phase repair