Officials decide against installing safety net at bridge

December 3, 2018

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials have decided to not move forward with a plan to build a temporary net meant to prevent suicides at a bridge over a deep gorge.

Mynbc.com reports Vermont Agency of Transportation is keeping its plan for a permanent safety fence instead.

Project manager J.B. McCarthy said at a meeting Thursday that there would be “a lot of costs and a lot of additional work” if the agency installed a temporary netting option at Quechee Gorge Bridge.

A temporary fence was installed last month as a way to address a number of suicides and other incidents at the gorge.

The agency plans to replace the bridge’s deck joints and clean it as part as well.


Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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