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Local Community Weighs In On Proposed Barriers Along Colorado Street Bridge




Clouds from a passing stormfront travel eastward over the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2013. State Route 134 is in the background.
Clouds from a passing stormfront travel eastward over the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif., on Feb. 19, 2013. State Route 134 is in the background.
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If you've crossed the Colorado Street Bridge lately, you may have seen three tall, oddly shaped vertical barriers between the 10-foot high fencing. One of these installations may be the new sight for the bridge in years to come. 

The bridge has been the backdrop in various films, most notably in Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" and more recently in 2016 film La La Land.

In June 2017, the city of Pasadena erected the temporary fencing along the bridge to mitigate people from jumping. Now, the city is looking for a more permanent barrier solution for the bridge to deter suicides.

The Department of Public Works contracted Donald MacDonald Architects for the project. The firm also designed the netting for the Golden Gate Bridge. The mock ups are available online for public review until May 31. 

Today on AirTalk, we learn the latest developments on the suicide prevention barriers erected along the Colorado Street Bridge. Have any questions? Call us at (626) 893-5722.

 

We reached out to the city of Pasadena for a representative to come on our show, but they were not able to come on at the time of the broadcast.

If you or a loved one are struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. It is available 24 hours a day in English and Spanish.

Guests:

Bradley Bermont, journalist formerly with the Pasadena Star News; he wrote "Pasadena seeks feedback on Colorado Street Bridge anti-suicide fence mockups"; he tweets @bradleybermont

Brad Hanson, president of the Pasadena Beautiful Foundation; he is the author of “Colorado Street Bridge Barrier Options Impair Views, Degrade Walking Experience