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 pm 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.
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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 pm 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, returning all marine units.”
More details haven’t been released.
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