The construction of a suicide prevention fence along the Aurora Bridge has been completed. City officials and Seattle residents now hope it can prevent more people from joining the list of 230 jumpers who have leapt to their deaths.
Construction of the 8-foot, 9-inch-tall safety fence started in the fall and cost $5 million, according to a state Department of Transportation news release. The Legislature’s 2009-2011 transportation budget included $3.6 million to build the fence.
The fence’s construction was lobbied for by Fremont residents and those that work underneath it and was supported by the city of Seattle, King County and the state Legislature. Read more about the need for the fence and why it matters here.