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View More Temporary suicide barriers to go up on Vista Bridge

July 9, 2013 | Portland Commissioner Steve Novick has approved an emergency request from the Bureau of Transportation to erect temporary suicide barriers on Vista Bridge in Southwest Portland. The request for an Emergency Construction Contract asks for an amount not to exceed $236,000, and would offer a temporary solution that would be effective immediately, according to the request from David O'Longaigh, the bureau's supervising bridge engineer.
The screens, constructed by Tapani Inc., would be removable and would not have a permanent impact on the bridge, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Novick.

The 1926 bridge, which spans MAX tracks and busy Southwest Jefferson Street, has long been called "Suicide Bridge." The public nature and increasing numbers of suicides at the bridge prompted the action, according to Novick.

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