Police: Man Threatening to Jump Off Roanoke Bridge Closes I-581

Roanoke, VA - Roanoke police say a man threatening to jump off a bridge Wednesday night shut down Interstate 581 briefly.

They say the man tried to jump off the Liberty Road bridge which crosses over I-581 just before 9 p.m.

They say the man climbed onto the fencing on the bridge above the south bound lanes.

Officers immediately stopped traffic on I-581 and Liberty Road.

Police say they started talking to the man and after 35 minutes were able to talk him into coming down without hurting himself.

That man was taken to be medically evaluated.

Traffic is now open on I-581 in both directions.