One lane of the A19 was closed for a short time this afternoon, after a man climbed over the barriers of a bridge across the road.
The man was sighted on the bridge, just north of the A690 junction, and has now been persuaded to climb back to safety.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We did have a male on the wrong side of the barrier.
"He is now on the correct side and speaking to our officers.
"The incident only lasted a matter of minutes."