Portland’s historic Vista Bridge will soon have a nine-foot screen erected along its sides to prevent people from jumping off.
City commissioner Steve Novick says there have been three suicides from the Vista Bridge in 2013.
Novick announced Tuesday that he’ll be using emergency authority to spend about $236,000 on a temporary suicide-prevention screen.
He says state historic preservation staff are talking to the city about a long-term fix.
“They expect us within the next five years to be making an effort to come up with the funds to put up a permanent solution, which would involve replacing the existing railing, which is nearing the end of its useful life anyway, with higher railing, which would be consistent with the historic character of the bridge,” Novick said.
Novick estimates it would cost up to $3 million to replace the railings. Workers are expected to begin putting up the temporary screen next week.