Pasadena's Iconic Colorado Street Bridge Getting Suicide-Deterrent Fences - NBC Southern California

Pasadena's Iconic Colorado Street Bridge Getting Suicide-Deterrent Fences

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    Pasadena residents are asking the city to add permanent barriers to prevent people from jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge following recent suicides. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017. (Published Monday, July 24, 2017)

    Citing an increase in suicide attempts, officials are installing temporary fencing on a famous Los Angeles-area 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 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.

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