Fences to deter suicide attempts from California bridge
Jul. 17, 2017
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Citing an increase in suicide attempts, officials are installing temporary fencing on a famous Southern California bridge to prevent people from climbing over the side.
The 10-foot-tall barricades will go up in front of 20 pedestrian alcoves along Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge this week.
The Pasadena Star-News (http://bit.ly/2ush9JO ) says benches in the alcoves have allowed jumpers to more easily scale existing wrought-iron fences.
The City Council is expected to discuss a more permanent solution at a meeting Wednesday.
The 1913 span, which has appeared in films including "La La Land," earned the nickname "Suicide Bridge" during the Great Depression. At least 79 people jumped from the structure in the 1930s.
More than 150 suicides have occurred since 1919 — 28 in the past decade.
Information from: Pasadena Star-News, http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/