TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Part of I-275 in Tampa had to be shut down for emergency road work Saturday evening.

All southbound lanes of I-275 were shut down at Busch Boulevard. The road closure started around 7 p.m.

The closure caused a major traffic backup for several hours. As of 11:30 p.m., all lanes headed south into the City of Tampa remained closed.

According to a tweet from the Tampa Police Department, the shutdown was caused by potential “erosion damage” in the area of Yukon Street.

Crews with the Florida Department of Transportation and Florida Highway Patrol were called to the scene to evaluate.

Eagle 8 HD flew over the area and saw crews evaluating what they called a washout. A spokesperson for the FDOT sent an email late Saturday night saying the plan is to get all of the southbound lanes back open and just have the shoulder of the road closed.

No information was provided on what may have caused the damage, but the Tampa Bay area did see heavy rain Saturday afternoon as storms passed through.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates and download the free WFLA app to get breaking news alerts.