Caltrans to present Coronado Bridge suicide prevention options at community meetings

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Since opening in 1969, close to four hundred people have committed suicide by jumping off the Coronado Bridge. Unfortunately, the number of people taking their own lives in this fashion is going up.

The Mayor of Coronado said it’s time to retrofit the bridge with some kind of suicide barrier wall or net, as is currently being done with the Golden Gate Bridge.

The first of two open houses was held Wednesday at the Cesar Chavez Center in Barrio Logan to allow the community to weigh in on possible suicide prevention options for the Coronado Bridge.

A second meeting will be held at the Coronado Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Supporters of suicide prevention solutions have pushed to add barriers or netting to the side of the Coronado Bridge for years, but the cost has always been a road block.

Earlier this year, the project made headway when Caltrans ordered a study on the most viable prevention measures for San Diego’s bridge.

A group of SDSU Engineering students also recently put together a presentation where they recommended the Coronado Bridge be outfitted with a suicide barrier fence similar to what was done to the Cold Spring Bridge near Santa Barbara. That fence is ten-feet high.

The students said such a fence would cost $11 million.

The findings of the Feasibility Study and the student presentation were shown at Wednesday’s meeting. The community will be given the opportunity to express their opinions on the measures Caltrans is considering.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing a crisis and needs help call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or the San Diego County Crisis hotline at 1-888-724-7240.

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