MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There may be hope for drivers who take the Brickell Avenue Bridge in Miami.

The southbound lanes, which are currently closed for emergency repairs, could be opened in the next 24 hours.

The Florida Department of Transportation said the locking mechanism of the southbound span of the bridge was damaged during a test operation Tuesday morning.

Crews have worked around the clock to make repairs in order to reopen two of the lanes on the southbound span.

The Miami Florida Department of Transportation structures maintenance administrator, Dennis Fernandez, told the Miami Herald that the workers will remove one of two locking devices from the northbound span and plan to install it on the southbound span.

Fernandez told the paper that if all goes well, the southbound span would reopen either Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Miami police have set up two detours:

From the North: Drivers northbound on Brickell Avenue desiring to remain on US 1 will detour west on S.E. 7 street to South Miami Avenue and then north on the Miami Avenue Bridge. Once all drivers cross the bridge, they shall remain on the right lane to N.E. 1 Avenue and then go north to S.E. 3 Street. On S.E. 3 Street, drivers will make a right turn and reach US 1.

From the South: Drivers heading southbound on S.E. 2 Avenue will make a right turn on S.E. 2 Street, then west to South Miami Avenue to S.E. 8 Street where drivers can make a left turn and reach Brickell Avenue.

The Miami Herald has contributed to this report.


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