George Washington Bridge shut down due to suspicious item, bomb squad called in

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August 22, 2019 - 10:48 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The George Washington Bridge was shut down Thursday night both ways after the Bergen County Bomb Squad was called in to investigate a suspicious item on the bridge.

Initially, around 10 p.m., only the upper level was closed, but by 10:30 p.m. both levels were closed to traffic. Then about 20 minutes later, the lower level was re-opened. And after thirty minutes, the upper level reopened.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "The George Washington Bridge is now closed in both directions due to police activity. NYPD is responding with its partners to a suspicious device. Expect detours and delays around the GWB approaches. Use alternate routes."

"Due to police activity, all lanes of the George Washington Bridge upper level are closed in both directions in The Bronx and Manhattan. Consider alt routes," NYC's Emergency Management Office tweeted. 

The bridge's account also tweeted, "The GWB Lower Level in both directions is closed due to Police activity."