SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A man on the Bay Bridge reportedly experiencing mental health issues led to traffic being snarled as police worked to deescalate the issue, according to the California Highway Patrol. KRON4 video (above) showed a large traffic jam on San Francisco’s Embarcadero.
On the bridge, the eastbound lanes 1, 4 and 5 were blocked as a result of the activity. However, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the incident was cleared and all lanes have reopened, according to a tweet from CHP San Francisco.
Despite the Bay Bridge lanes reopening, traffic in the city backed up for several hours. Cars were in bumper-to-bumper traffic by the Embarcadero and other downtown areas.
Eastbound I-80 was backed up to Cesar Chavez Street and I-280. The Golden Gate Bridge experienced heavy traffic as many drivers drove north to get out of the city.
The man was on the outer edge underneath the bridge. It is not known what his current status is.
Drivers were earlier advised to expect heavy traffic and delays and use alternate routes if possible, according to an alert from San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.
SF Muni bus service to and from downtown SF may also be experiencing delays as a result of the activity, according to a tweet from SFMTA. The incident occurred just west of Treasure Island.
“Thank you for your patience and please drive safely!” the CHP tweeted.
Continued delays are expected, according to the SF Dept. of Emergency Management.