Almost all of you have been extremely patient and professional in requesting information on the I-40 bridge hit. However, there are a few items we feel need to be addressed at this time.
We understand that you
need current information on the progress of this project and are doing our
best to answer your questions. We are putting daily updates on our webpage
. Digital photos and graphics are also available
on the web site. Yesterday we provided footage of the demolition efforts
to this point for the television stations. Our video crews are still on site
and we will have more footage available for you soon. We will notify you
when it is ready to be picked up. For those stations not in the
Please keep in mind this is a 24-hour process, our engineers and contractors are working around the clock to remove the debris from the river and complete the demolition phase so we can begin rebuilding the bridge. There are several variables involved in this process that are not normally associated with the normal demolition of a bridge.
It's in times of crises that true professionalism shows through. Your patience and understanding since the I-40 bridge hit is greatly appreciated. We understand your need for this information and are doing everything possible to provide it.
Friday we took all interested media to the site for a two-hour press briefing. We made our engineers available to you and provided ample opportunity for you to film/photograph the work site.
We understand that you are simply trying to do your jobs and would like to have access to the work site. Please realize that we too are trying to do our job and along with providing you information, we must consider your safety.
Because this situation is so fluid, we cannot keep the site open to the public. However, there are other options available to you. The site is visible from the park where the memorial is located. It is also possible to safely film from other locations near the site.
Additionally, because I-40 is a primary national transportation corridor, our engineers need to focus on the task at hand. It is not possible for us to pull them away from their work to talk with the media at this time. We ask that you bear with us and we will make them available to you as soon as possible.