Bridges to Arkansas Gridlocked for Hours

(Memphis) – Nothing shows how scary it was crossing the mighty Mississippi Monday than video of a T-DOT truck pushing car after car up the entrance ramp near the pyramid.

For hours, cars, trucks and eighteen-wheelers sat a standstill as they tried to make their way from Memphis into Arkansas.

Both bridges were gridlocked.

“I work at Autozone downtown and left about 4:30 p.m. and I’ve been here since,” Andrew Butler said.

We caught up with Butler around three around 7 p.m. He was still on Crump Boulevard trying to make his way home to Arkansas.

“I’m just waiting my turn,” he said.

Other commuters were too.Greg Brown said it went just one block in three hours.

As he saw brake lights continue for miles, his frustrations ran high.

“This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” he said.

While most drivers stayed the course, other thought about giving up.

“My boss told me I could go back to work and go back to eat,” Crystal Kain said. “i just might do that.”

But everyone stuck in the traffic asked the same question.

What’s causing the big back up?

“It don`t make no sense. All you have to do is put some salt on the bridge,” one truck driver said.

The Crittenden County Sheriff’s office told us they were working on getting that salt. They said they were making their way to the bridge around 7 p.m. Monday.

They told us the other factor causing the back-up is that the roads are icy. They say that has caused a lot of accidents on the Arkansas side of the bridge.

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