Shirtless George Washington Bridge climber in custody after shutting down upper level

FORT LEE, N.J. — All lanes in both directions on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge were closed because of a climber on the bridge Friday morning, a Port Authority Police spokesman said.

A shirtless man, 54, climbed the New Jersey tower on the bridge, officials said.  He threatened to jump after he reached the top. Police talked him down and took him into custody around 9 a.m. at the top of the tower. Charges are pending.

All bridge lanes were open as of about 9:50 a.m.

This was the second time this week an intruder on the bridge caused delays. Nearly a dozen protestors were on the bridge's upper lanes Wednesday morning. The protestor's chained themselves together.

The GWB, which connects New York and New Jersey, is the busiest bridge in the U.S.