Damage to Buckman Bridge brings traffic to a standstill in Jacksonville. The Alternate Routes You Can Take to Avoid the Slowdown – Action News Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Crews are working to repair the reported damage to Buckman Bridge, which is causing traffic to come to a standstill.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said all southbound lanes on Interstate 295 at the bridge are closed due to the damage.
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The bridge is undergoing an emergency structure inspection, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The soldiers did not give a timeframe for the bridge to reopen.
Sgt. Dylan Bryan from FHP gave an update on the situation.
FHP received a call shortly after 7 a.m. about possible damage to the southern structure of the bridge.
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When officers arrived at the bridge, Bryan said they noticed minor damage to the road surface.
As a precaution, Bryan said a civil engineer felt it was necessary to close the bridge for a formal inspection.
Florida Department of Transportation inspectors and staff are currently on site to ensure the bridge is safe to travel.
It is not known what caused the damage or who made the call. Bryan suggested that the drivers use the Fuller Warren or Shands bridges until the Buckman reopens.
Our news partners 104.5 WOKV say FDOT will install a temporary metal layer to secure a finger joint from guardrail to guardrail. The work is expected to be completed by this afternoon. WOKV was informed that the bridge itself did not show any structural damage.
JSO said those going to the Westside, NAS or Orange Park areas should look for an alternative route, such as Blanding and Roosevelt Boulevards.
If you want to avoid the Buckman, there are two main alternatives:
- Continue north on US-17 to I-10 EB and continue over the Fuller Warren Bridge to 95 S.
- Travel south on US-17 towards Green Cove Springs, where you can take the Shands Bridge to St. Johns County.
- Some commuters have reported taking I-295 around the Beltway and either getting off at I-295 or continuing to Dames Point Bridge and heading south. Not ideal, but certainly an option.
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