2 SB lanes of Buckman Bridge reopen after abrasion repaired

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two right lanes of southbound Interstate 295 on the Buckman Bridge reopened after they were closed during peak traffic hours Monday due to an abrasion, the Florida Department of Transportation said.

The closure, which FDOT said was unplanned, was announced about 5:15 p.m., and both lanes reopened in less than an hour.

According to FDOT, the lanes were closed out of an abundance of caution by the Florida Highway Patrol. FDOT said it did not order the lane closures.

“Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) officials observed what appeared to be a slight abrasion, or spall, on the bridge deck and directed maintenance crews to patch the spall during routine lane closures during off-peak hours,” an FDOT spokesperson told News4Jax. “Spalls are common, routine bridge maintenance components that do not require immediate attention and at no point was the safety of motorists compromised.”

The spall on the bridge has been repaired, according to the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that the spall was not related to the finger joint that was repaired over the summer.