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I-287 reopens after state police investigate suspicious package traffic still snarled

Interstate 287 has reopened after state police shut down the highway for 2 hours Monday morning.-(GOOGLE MAPS)

Interstate 287 has reopened following a New Jersey State Police investigation of a suspicious package discovered Monday morning near Boonton.

The New Jersey State Police closed the highway in the Hanover and Parsippany area for approximately an hour and a half after a suspicious item was found near mile post 43.

The state police tweeted that the item was found in the “cut” between the north- and southbound lanes, which is the emergency vehicle access point in the highway median. That forced them to close the highway in both directions and call in its Arson/Bomb Unit.

Traffic was rerouted to Route 10 West and Route 202, NJ.com reported. Backups affected Routes 24 and 10, and Interstate 80 according to News 12 New Jersey.

The Daily Record newspaper quoted state police Sgt. Flynn as saying a Department of Transportation employee was using the turnaround around 9:30 a.m. when he noticed the item and notified police.

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