FORT LEE — Newly released 911 and police radio tapes reveal that on the first morning of the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closures last year, officers and emergency responders in Fort Lee were grappling with city-wide traffic gridlock.
At 8:52 a.m. on Sept. 9, a dispatcher warned paramedics leaving a hospital about coming to the Bergen County borough.
"Fort Lee traffic is a nightmare," the dispatcher said. "Come up through Palisades Park for that."
At 9:02 a.m., a police officer was trying to help an ambulance plot ways to avoid inbound traffic.
"Do you have a medical unit di...