Smith Avenue High Bridge back open in St. Paul

UPDATE 7/22 – Authorities say the Smith Avenue High Bridge is back open in St. Paul Friday morning.

According to police, officers had to shut the bridge down for a couple of hours Thursday night while they responded to reports of what they said was a suspicious item around 8:30 p.m.

Police say they didn’t find anything dangerous, and crews began reopening the area around 11 p.m. Thursday.

An earlier version of this report can be found below.

INITIAL REPORT 7/21 – St. Paul police officers closed the Smith Avenue High Bridge Thursday night to both foot and vehicle traffic after a report of a suspicious item.

St. Paul police say they responded to the report of a suspicious item at around 8:30 p.m.

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS crew at the scene Thursday night reported seeing a large police presence on both ends of the bridge.

However, nothing of note was found, and police began clearing the area around 11 p.m. to reopen the bridge. St. Paul firefighters assisted with the response.

Police blocking access to and area near the Smith Avenue Bridge. (KSTP/Erik Rognerud)