BENICIA, Calif. (KTVU) - A man who shutdown the southbound lanes of I-680 of the Benicia Bridge for nearly two hours was detained Friday night California Highway Patrol officials said.
The male subject was initially thought to be a jumper, according to CHP Contra Costa before it became clear he claimed to have a suspicious package. A sig-alert on the incident was issued at 7:35 p.m.
BENICIA BRIDGE CLOSURE LATEST UPDATE - the male subject has been detained. S/B 680 on Benicia bridge is still shut down & awaiting for an explosive ordinance device team to safely go in & determine if a bomb exists, before declaring the scene safe or opening the roadway.— CHP - Contra Costa (@320PIO) April 6, 2019
At 8:27 p.m., CHP officers were not able to get close to him for cautionary reasons, CHP Officer Erica Tatum said.
While the man is in custody there is still no estimated time to reopen the roadway as CHP awaits an explosive ordinance device team to inspect whether or not a bomb exists.
Tatum said negotiators were brought to the scene.
Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use alternate routes and to avoid the area.
Bay City News contributed to this report
BENICIA BRIDGE in Southbound direction is temporarily closed due to a possible jumper on the bridge. CHP along with the Contra Costa County sheriffs office & Solano County Sheriff are both on scene in hopes of working out a peaceful solution. More updates as soon when available. pic.twitter.com/0RMIcM6TiR— CHP - Contra Costa (@320PIO) April 6, 2019