Inbound GWB Opened To Drivers, But Delays Experienced Outbound

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An RV fire on the outbound lower level of the George Washington Bridge triggered massive traffic delays in the area on Thursday evening.

The Port Authority said the traffic nightmare all started when the vehicle caught fire on lower level of the bridge. That fire was eventually put out.

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Traffic on the lower level was being rerouted to upper level of the bridge. Two lanes of the George Washington Bridge lower level remained closed as of 11 p.m. while crews continued to clean up.

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The GWB Bus Terminal was evacuated due to smoke from the fire.

Dozens of commuters were lined up along 179th Street trying to figure out which bus would get them home, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

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The bus terminal reopened around 7:35 p.m., but residual delays were expected.

The incident caused the closure of the approaches to the GWB on the Cross Bronx Expressway, the Harlem River Drive and the Major Deegan Expressway. By 9:40 p.m. those approaches had reopened, although traffic remained heavy.

GWB Bus Terminal evacuated because of smoke, June 20, 2013. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

GWB Bus Terminal evacuated because of smoke, June 20, 2013. (credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

The traffic mess evolved ahead of Thursday night’s Yankees home game. However, the Manhattan-bound side of the GWB was open for drivers and only minimal delays were reported.

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