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Lanes reopen after 19-hour Richmond-San Rafael Bridge standoff

The door of a law enforcement patrol vehicle emblazoned with the California Highway Patrol logo.
The California Highway Patrol have shutdown the I-580 bridge since early Friday afternoon. | Source: Chris Carlson/AP Photo

The eastbound lanes of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have been reopened as of Saturday morning, ending a 19-hour closure of the bridge that snarled traffic for miles around.

The California Highway Patrol said Saturday morning that a disturbed person who had been in a standoff with police and negotiators since 11 a.m. Friday was rescued by the Southern Marin Fire Protection District.

According to CHP spokesman Darrel Horner, traffic on the bridge was blocked to “not cause him to jump off or cause him to fall into the water and also keeping that communication open.”

The man apparently rode a bicycle onto the bridge’s upper, westbound level, then climbed down to the lower, eastbound lanes, Horner said.

Westbound traffic on the 5.5-mile bridge remained open throughout the standoff.

The bridge, which carries Interstate 580 across the northern end of San Francisco Bay, connects Marin with Contra Costa counties.