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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Transportation said the contractor repairing the I-40 bridge is making significant progress. 

The department released a photo showing crews removing the section of the beam that fractured. They spent weeks stabilizing the bridge so they could safely perform this work. 

The permanent repair plates have also started to arrive, officials said. More will arrive next week, and the final phase of repairs can begin. 

Officials said they hope to reopen the bridge to traffic by the end of July.