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Southbound Buckman Bridge Reopens After Shutdown For Inspection, Repairs

Damage to a finger joint on the southbound side of the Buckman Bridge forced a shutdown of the southbound lanes of the bridge and Interstate-295 southbound ahead of the bridge Thursday morning in the heart of rush hour, creating a traffic mess for commuters trying to get across the St. Johns River from Orange Park to Jacksonville.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) said temporary repairs were being made  and that the southbound side of the bridge was reopened Thursday afternoon.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Dylan Bryan told WJCT News partner News4Jaxthat troopers got a call Thursday morning about possible damage toward the top of the span of the Buckman Bridge. He said one of the segments of the bridge had reportedly lifted slightly at one of the expansion joints, causing slight damage to the roadway.

FDOT spokesman Hampton Ray said in an email sent to WJCT News that permanent repairs would be made during off peak hours and will require lane closures.

Video coverage and additional information is available in this News4Jax story.