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.

NY Bridge Authority
NY Bridge Authority

"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 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.

NY Bridge Authority
NY Bridge Authority


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.

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