Construction crews spent nearly nine hours trying to fix expansion joins on the Buckman Bridge which received reports of damage Thursday morning.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The southbound lanes of the Buckman Bridge are now back open after the Florida Department of Transportation pulled construction crews who were working on temporary repairs to the road Thursday.

All southbound lanes of I-295 from US-17 to the Buckman Bridge were blocked shortly after 7 a.m. after the Florida Highway Patrol received a call regarding possible damage to the bridge. When troopers arrived, they saw “an area of minor damage to the roadway,” which forced the closure.

FDOT said its crews would conduct temporary repairs Thursday, with additional permanent repairs to take place in the coming weeks.

“We know it was a real inconvenience for people driving to work this morning,” FDOT Spokesperson Hampton Ray said.

Ray said the damage was noticed in the expansion joints in one of the central segments of the bridge.

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