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Caltrans to Host Open House Meetings for San Diego-Coronado Bridge Suicide Deterrents

The bridge is a postcard backdrop and one of San Diego's most recognizable landmarks

Caltrans has scheduled two meetings to help examine possible suicide deterrent systems on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge.

The meetings mark the latest development in an effort by multiple agencies to examine possible solutions for the bridge's lack of barriers. In May, the organization started taking an in-depth look at the issue

The bridge is a postcard backdrop and one of San Diego's most recognizable landmarks.

At the same time, the Coronado Bridge, as some call it, has built up an infamous reputation, bringing heartache to more people than you'd probably think.

Since the bridge first opened, nearly 400 people have died doing just that, affecting families, friends, and countless strangers like Bridget who still can't drive across the bridge.

The effort to build barriers, fences, or nets along the bridge gained momentum in recent years thanks to symbolic votes of support by the Coronado and San Diego City Councils - but a big problem remained. Who would pay for the expensive Caltrans study looking at the best solution?

The meetings are scheduled for August 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Center in Barrio Logan, and August 10, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Coronado Public Library.

They will be open to the public and an opportunity for people to review, comment and learn about the current Feasibility Study, according to Caltrans.

The meetings will be used in the Caltrans study to see what the best feasibility option would be and to determine if the project moves forward.

There is a 24-hour crisis line available to anyone contemplating suicide (888) 724-7240.

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