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Fence Aims to Curb Near Record GW Bridge Suicides

by Associated Press

Ron Schott, Flickr

As GWB suicides approach a record, there's an effort to stop jumpers

Officials plan to build a fence to curb suicides on the George Washington Bridge.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year. There were 16 deaths for all of 2013.

Plans call for erecting a 9-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult.

Chief structural engineer Bernie Yostpile tells The Recordnewspaper the project will cost between $37 million and $47 million and won't be completed until 2022.

Until them, the Port Authority has increased patrols, improved lighting and installed security cameras.




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