Southbound Brickell Bridge Lanes Reopen

Brickell Avenue Bridge reopens after repair work closure

Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 11:08 AM EDT
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Traffic had to be rerouted from the southbound lanes of downtown Miami's Brickell Avenue Bridge Tuesday after it became stuck thanks to a damaged locking mechanism, Florida Department of Transportation officials said.

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Some of the southbound lanes of the Brickell Avenue Bridge have been reopened after emergency repair work forced their closure earlier this week, officials said Thursday.

Workers were able to open up two of the three lanes on either side of the bridge around midnight, Florida Department of Transportation spokesman Brian Rick said.

One lane in each direction remains closed, and the fix is only temporary until crews receive the necessary parts for a permanent fix, Rick said.

Rick said it was unknown when the repair work would be complete but drivers can expect some delays.

The southbound lanes of the bridge were closed Tuesday after it became stuck thanks to a damaged locking mechanism. The locking mechanism became damaged during an early morning test operation, FDOT officials said.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade commissioners have agreed to hike tolls on the Rickenbacker Causeway to fund repairs on the bridge to Key Biscayne, the Miami Herald reported. The project is expected to cost about $31 million.

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