Rush hour comes to a halt in Lincoln Tunnel

October 3, 2008 8:35:13 PM PDT
Police activity created a rush hour nightmare for thousands of commuters who use the Lincoln Tunnel.The eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 495 going in and out of the tunnel were closed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the investigation.

Car traffic outside the tunnel was diverted to local streets in New Jersey.

Commuter buses were held at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal, where thousands of commuters fumed.

Police were investigating a suspicious item. That item was a bottle. Investigators determined that the bottle was harmless.

The incident resulted in delays of up to two hours.

Officials at the bus terminal told Eyewitness News reporter N.J. Burkett that operations returned to norma around 9:00 p.m.

Even at that hour, residual traffic problems continued to plague the city at every Hudson crossing. Traffic was backed up outside the Holland from Canal to 14th Street.

It's the second time this week that the tunnel was closed for an investigation.

On Wednesday, tunnel traffic was diverted to local roads for several hours due to two bottles filled with an unidentified liquid that were found not to be hazardous.

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