Electrical short blamed for Memphis bridge blackout

Electrical short blamed for Memphis bridge blackout

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A faulty light is the reason hundreds of people have been driving in the dark on the Hernando-Desoto Bridge, according to Memphis city leaders.

Several WMC Action News 5 viewers called and sent emails to ask why the lights have been out on the bridge for more than a week.

City of Memphis leaders said one of the bridge's 196 lights has an electrical short. City maintenance crews are now troubleshooting where the problem is located.

The bridge lights are located near the top of the structure and crews will have to check each individual light to find the faulty one before diagnosing and fixing the issue.

Once that is done, the remaining lights will be turned back on.

During the maintenance process, lane closures could also happen.

There is no timetable when work will be complete and the lights will return, but city leaders say the maintenance will be of little or no cost to taxpayers.

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