Design Criteria for the Vista Bridge Deterrent
The physical suicide deterrent system for the Vista Bridge must:
- Impede the ability of an individual to jump off the Vista Bridge either to commit suicide or as a recreational activity.
- Not cause safety or nuisance hazards or restrict access to users including pedestrians, bicyclists, City staff, and City contractors or security partners.
- Include the restoration and strengthening of deteriorated elements of the Vista Bridge railing.
- Maintain the historical integrity of the Bridge and satisfy all Local, State, and Federal historic preservation laws and recommended standards and guidelines.
- Not have a negative impact on the structural stability or strength of the Vista Bridge.
- Maintain views from the Vista bridge, to the fullest extent possible
- Have minimal visual and aesthetic impacts on the Vista Bridge.
- Barrier design must be sympathetic with the design of the Vista Bridge.
- Be able to be maintained as a routine part of the on-going Bridge maintenance program and without undue risk of any injury to City employees and contractors.
- The design must maintain access to the viewpoint benches.
- Be cost effective to construct and maintain.
- Not in and of itself create undue risk of injury to anyone who comes in contact with the suicide deterrent system.
- Have minimal disruption to the Light rail use below the bridge during construction.