Man jumps from 97th Avenue bridge onto State Road 836

Traffic came to a halt on State Road 836 Monday evening when a man jumped off the 97th Avenue bridge spanning the highway.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Sanchez said negotiators from the Miami-Dade police department responded to the scene in the Fontainebleau area at about 7 p.m. The man, who was identifed as Nicholas Martinez, 23, jumped despite efforts to stop him, Sanchez said.

He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital with broken legs, but was expected to survive, Sanchez said.

The expressway’s eastbound and westbound lanes were reopened by 10 p.m.

“A lot of people made it home late due to this individual's actions,’’ Sanchez said.