Traffic Nightmare: ‘Emergency’ Closes Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge This Weekend
Here's why the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge was closed for about 90 minutes on Father's Day.
The Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge was closed down around 1 p.m. on Father's Day and Juneteenth, Sunday, June 19, due to "police activity." An NY-Alert stated:
ROAD CLOSURE: E/W NY 199 (Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge) - C/Kingston - Ulster Co. - due to Police Activity
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge Closed Due To 'Police Activity'
The New York State Bridge Authority also confirmed police activity on the bridge and warned drivers to expect delays.
"Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge: Police activity on span. Expect delays." the New York State Bridge Authority wrote on Facebook.
Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge: Police activity on span. Expect delays
'Police Emergency' Closes Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge on Father's Day
The Red Hook Police Department described the situation as a "police emergency."
"Traffic Advisory - Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge is currently closed at this time due to a police emergency," the Red Hook Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Posts on social media showed a traffic nightmare on and near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.
The Red Hook Police Department did not release the reason for the "police emergency" but announced at 2:07 p.m. the bridge was reopened. While police haven't said what caused the closure, 911 calls reported a potentially suicidal person was on the bridge.
Boats were spotted in the Hudson River, but the person was safely removed from the bridge, according to Ulster County Fire/Rescue Incidents
"Boats for water standby for police activity Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge," Ulster County Fire/Rescue Incidents stated. "Subject removed from (the) bridge, all marine units returning."
More details haven’t been released.