Flagler Memorial Bridge will remain closed for several days after 'mechanical issues'

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation said Wednesday the Flagler Memorial Bridge will be closed for at least several more days as engineers try to determine its structural stability.

At noon, engineers were on the bridge and in the water getting a better sense of how much the bridge may have settled after it reopened to traffic after being closed for repairs.

A locking mechanism broke on Tuesday, causing it to be stuck in an upward position.   Vehicles are being rerouted to the Royal Park Bridge located to the south.

Boats are allowed to travel under the bridge at their own discretion. 

It's unclear how long the bridge will be closed to vehicles. Drivers are advised to plan accordingly.

Crews have been replacing the existing structure with a new bascule bridge that connects Palm Beach and West Palm Beach over the Lake Worth Lagoon and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The new bridge is being built south of the existing bridge, which is remaining open during construction. 

The Flagler Drive overpass will be replaced with new lighting, pedestrian features, traffic signals, drainage, and landscaping are also included in this project. The estimated cost of the project is $94.2 million.

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