MIAMI -

The Florida Department of Transportation closed the southbound lanes of the Brickell Bridge for emergency repairs on Tuesday morning.

FDOT said the locking mechanism of the southbound span of the bridge was damaged during a test.

FDOT said that southbound traffic is currently being re-routed to eastbound SE 4th Street.

"I was coming that way and I looked and the bridge was completely closed," said Maria Barbara. "It's horrible."

The Brickell Bridge was built in 1915. He was replaced 18 years ago and widened in 2006.

The bridge is expected to be closed for several days.

  • DETOUR NORTH: Drivers northbound on Brickell avenue desiring to remain on U.S.-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 U.S.-1
  • DETOUR 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.