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Man jumps off Monroe Street Bridge

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Monroe Street Bridge is now re-opened after police spent more than 20 hours negotiating with a man that would not get off the bridge. The man who appeared to be in his 30's, died after jumping off the bridge around 3:30 p.m. Friday. His name and the reason he was on the bridge have not been released.

The towering bridge carries four lanes of traffic over the Spokane River, near the Federal Building.

The bridge was initially closed around 7 p.m. Thursday when authorities responded to the scene. Around noon Friday, Spokane City Police negotiators were relieved by members of the Spokane Sheriffs Office.

Backups on southbound Post have been significant, so the bridge has been closed. Motorists traveling south on Monroe are being directed to Boone Avenue and then to Washington Street.  Motorists traveling north on Lincoln are being detoured east on Main Avenue, where they can access the Washington or Division street bridges to cross the Spokane River. 

Stay tuned for more information as it is made available.

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