Traffic was at a standstill on Route 95 Thursday morning as the bridge over the Piscataqua River was closed in both directions for several hours.

Maine State Police spokeswoman Shannon Moss said they were called to "an incident involving an individual" around 6:30 a.m. on the northbound side. New Hampshire State Police, Portsmouth Police, and the Portsmouth Fire Department were also part of the response.

The bridge was reopened around 10:50 a.m.. The breakdown lanes remain closed on both sides, and speed was reduced to 55 mph.

Moss said a male who is a resident of New Hampshire was taken into protective custody and taken to a hospital. The York County District Attorney will determine whether any charges will be filed, Moss said.

Traffic on southbound and northbound Route 95 approaching the bridge over the Piscataqua River
Traffic on southbound and northbound Route 95 approaching the bridge over the Piscataqua River (Jaad Naamani, Townsquare Media, NH DOT)
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Google Traffic's map showed heavy traffic northbound starting at Route 33 as of 8:25 a.m. and for several miles approaching Exit 2 southbound in Kittery. Delays also developed on the Route1 Bypass bridge, with delays starting at the traffic circle in Portsmouth.

Several COAST bus routes were also impacted by the closure that caused backed up traffic in downtown Portsmouth.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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