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City Continues Work On Vista Bridge Barrier

The city of Portland says it will go ahead as scheduled with the installation of a temporary barrier to prevent suicides from the Vista Bridge.

Suicide hotline sign on the Vista Bridge in Portland.

Suicide hotline sign on the Vista Bridge in Portland.

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This follows the fourth suicide at the bridge this year. Police say a man jumped to his death there early Tuesday morning.

Portland Bureau of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Dulken says they are moving as quickly as possible to put up the anti-suicide screens.

“We are hopeful that we can begin installation this month and completion is scheduled for this summer. Hopefully the end of this month or the beginning of August,” Dulken explained.

Dulken says $2.5 million would be needed to construct a permanent barrier consistent with the bridge’s historic character.

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