Motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic have been restored in both directions on the Brooklyn Bridge after cops shut down the span earlier as a precaution while they investigated reports of a suspicious package.
The report came in at 9:38 a.m. Friday. Police say someone on the walkway saw a flashlight with copper wiring and called 911.
Gowanus is backed up all the way to the belt merge. Drivers are advised to take local streets as alternatives.
The bridge, which was opened in 1883, is undergoing a series of renovations for the next several years and there is a lot of construction on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn sides.
Published at 10:28 AM EDT on Oct 15, 2010 | Updated at 4:00 PM EDT on Oct 21, 2010