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Police activity stalls HWY 99 construction

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Posted at 9:05 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 09:36:01-05

The California Highway Patrol closed northbound lanes of Highway 99 near Hosking Avenue after a man threatened to jump from an overpass. 

Officers shutdown the lanes just after 6 p.m as the man, who has not been identified threatened to jump onto the highway below. 

According to our 23ABC news crew on the scene, officers with BPD and a SWAT team worked for two hours to try and get the man to safely surrender. Just after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday evening, the man was taken into police custody without incident. 

The area has been the site of routine construction in the last several months as crews with Cal-Trans have been working on the Hosking Avenue Interchange project 

Last night, the northbound lanes of Highway 99 were shutdown for construction. Cal-Trans says Wednesday's incident could delay the scheduled closure from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. 

This is the third such incident involving someone threatening to, or jumping from an overpass onto Highway 99. A man died after jumping on February 19th after jumping from the Palm St. overpass in central Bakersfield.