GWB Bridge protest causes delays today – NBC New York

The Port Authority warned commuters crossing the George Washington Bridge Wednesday morning of significant delays as law enforcement prepares for possible protests.

During the morning commute, traffic delays of up to 75 minutes were reported on the upper levels of the GWB en route to New York.

A police officer was seen guarding a locked gate on the cycle and pedestrian path on the north side of the bridge. The Port Authority said the Northwalk and GWB bus station would both be closed. The GWB bus station reopened around 10 a.m. and the northern walkway opened around 11:30 a.m.

Buses picked up and dropped off commuters at Ft. Washington between 178th Street and 179th Street. NJ Transit warned of possible delays of up to 15 minutes. Shortly after noon, NJ Transit said the buses were running close to schedule.

Columbia University has issued a travel advisory to the community warning of “the potential for significant or complete bridge closures” during the morning rush hour.

“Local law enforcement officials have received credible information regarding plans for a protest on the George Washington Bridge,” the university advisory said.

As of 9 a.m., no protest activity had been reported.

“We are working with our law enforcement partners, including NYPD, to monitor potential protest actions intended to impact operations at the Hudson River crossings, and we have implemented safety and security measures to help ensure uninterrupted operations,” a spokesperson said of the Port Authority. The intersections are currently experiencing a lot of commuter traffic.”

This is a development story. Check back for updates.