A man was taken into custody after climbing a tower on the George Washington Bridge Friday morning, the Port Authority said. 

The upper level of the bridge was closed in both directions around 8:35 a.m. due to the climber, a spokesman said. Lanes gradually started to reopen shortly after 9 a.m., he said.

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The man was climbing the tower on the New Jersey side of the bridge, Port Authority said. Video footage from the scene shows him wearing jeans and no shirt. 

The incident caused significant delays on the bridge, a spokesman said.