UPDATE: Man Who Climbed onto 101 Freeway Sign is in Custody

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(KNX 1070/CNS) - The man, who snarled traffic for a few hours on the 101 freeway Thursday afternoon, is now in custody.

The freeway lanes are also being re-opened.

The re-opening of the 101 #DTLA is underway! More @KNX1070 https://t.co/sZR9SRn0Rd

— Brian Douglas (@BrianDouglasKNX) January 25, 2019

Firefighters were on the freeway helping the California Highway Patrol attempt to get a man off the sign Thursday afternoon.

Los Angeles Fire tweeted out that "LAFD will provide medical assessment and hospital transport as necessary..."

Update COMPLETE - #AgencyAssist; INC#0913; 5:26PM; SB 101 Fwy near Mission Road overpass; https://t.co/wVOS27vMaY; #BoyleHeights; CHP has taken one male into their protective care; LAFD will provide medical assessment and ... https://t.co/i87FwE67wp

— LAFD (@LAFD) January 25, 2019

The man was lying on a sign walkway and the 101 North Freeway was being affected. The freeway was closed in both directions.

Los Angeles City Fire's Brian Humphrey tells KNX large inflatable rescue air cushions that easy to transport and also inflate in less than 60 seconds.

"Among the equipment we have out there are the large inflatable, rescue air cushions and sometimes, those are the bags that stunt people fall into for the movies. These bags have been part of our arsenal for several decades and they can be very quickly installed. We want to assure those stuck in traffic, who see us working, that we can have those out of the way in less than 60 seconds."