June 21st, 2013 4:53 pm | by ANDREA DAMEWOOD News | Posted In: City Hall, Transportation, PDX News

Vista Bridge Barrier Design Revealed

vista_bridge_from_jefferson_street,_looking_east_(2012)Steve Morgan, Wikimedia Commons

If city officials can find the money, Southwest Portland's Vista Bridge would be outfitted with a "permanent protective screen of vertical steel bars" to prevent people from leaping from the span over Southwest Jefferson Street.

Finding a solution for the Goose Hollow bridge, which has been the site of numerous suicides, became a City Hall priority this month when a 15-year-old Beaverton girl jumped to hear death June 5.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees Portland's Bureau of Transportation, have been working with the state Office of Historic Preservation to find a fix that maintains the bridge's historic look.

The design, released to WW this afternoon, involves rebuilding the existing rail and lamp posts to support the new bars while maintaining their existing appearance.

However, as WW has previous reported, the barriers are expected to cost at least $2.5 million—a sum the city doesn't have.
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