The tractor trailer lost its load on the Trans-Manhattan Expressway, the section of the roadway under the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Port Authority says the container was empty. The trailer separated from the cab and overturned. When crews removed the container, they discovered nothing inside.
Two eastbound upper level lanes were closed for more than an hour while crews worked to repair the damage.
All lanes reopened just after 4:00 p.m.
Eastbound traffic was moving, but at a crawl.
Commuters who use the bridge were already dealing with gridlock as construction has gotten underway on the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, which connects Manhattan and the Bronx and is the go-to route for New Jersey drivers headed to the George Washington Bridge. The work means at least three months of brutal traffic in the area.
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