Chief Superintendent, Martin Evans, has said that police had no option but to close the M42, due to 'significant risk' to motorists.
Police have apologised to motorists and thanked them for their patience after the M42 was closed for nearly 27 hours this weekend.
They have also reassured people that the only way to resolve the situation was through 'careful negotiation and patience'.
The man who was threatening to harm himself on the A38 bridge over the M42 carriageway was safely detained under the Mental Health Act, and is now in hospital receiving treatment.
The M42 is now open after a 26 hour closure.
Police had closed the road due to a man threatening to harm himself on a bridge over the carriageway. The man has been detained safely.
Other roads in the area that had been closed are also now open.
Police have confirmed the M42 motorway is to reopen in the next hour, following a 26 hour closure. Police say the man threatening to harm himself on a bridge has been safely detained.
The M42 has now been closed for more than 24 hours while Police deal with a suicide threat on a bridge crossing the motorway.
The motorway is closed between the M5 and junction one at Bromsgrove. The A38 Birmingham Road is also closed in the area.
The Assistant Chief Constable involved in the ongoing incident on the M42 has slammed insensitive comments made on Twitter about the man who is threatening to jump from a motorway bridge.
Police said they had no choice but to keep part of the M42 closed as they negotiate with a man threatening to jump off a motorway bridge.
The M42 motorway and the A38 have been closed for more than twenty hours due to a police incident.
Officers say a man threatening to harm himself is still on a bridge over the motorway.
The M42 is closed between the M5 and junction 1 at Bromsgrove.
The A38 Birmingham Road is closed northbound between Bromsgrove and the M42, and southbound between Catshill and the M42.
Road users in the West Midlands have been advised that a section of the M42 is marked for overnight closure, for a three-month period, starting from 3rd November.
The Highways Agency will be closing a section of road just over 2 miles long, between junction 3a at the M40 in Warwickshire and junction 4 just south of Solihull, for road-resurfacing work.
Purnima Kaul, project sponsor for The Highways Angency, says:
The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am during the period and is set to be completed by 28th February in the new year.
Reports of accident on M42 Northbound between J8 M6 and J9 M6 Toll / A446 (Curdworth / Coleshill)