FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nationwide Park Service opened a remark interval for many who need enter on what obstacles on the Natchez Hint Bridge ought to appear to be.
This comes on the heels of NPS saying in 2019 that obstacles would go on the bridge to forestall these from dying by suicide. A motion to forestall deaths from persevering with to occur on the location ignited by way of grassroots organizing and media consideration. These efforts translated into the Tennessee Common Meeting agreeing the bridge was a public security hazard, signed off by Gov. Invoice Lee that very same 12 months. A sequence hyperlink non permanent barrier will go up earlier than the top of the 12 months.
The present railing is 32 inches excessive, with the bridge standing 155 toes tall. So far, greater than 40 suicides have occurred on the bridge, the primary in 2000.
By way of all the choices, NPS leaders mentioned they favored the primary barrier possibility schematic dubbed Motion Different 1.
“Motion Different 1 consists of vertical posts with angled returns supporting woven chrome steel wire mesh,” the report acknowledged. “The design of this different minimizes change to the present bridge barrier and minimizes results on the crash-worthiness of the barrier. Motion Different 1 would possible meet crash-worthy design standards and never require crash testing. Motion Different 1 is the proposed different and the NPS most popular different.”
Two different choices are additionally drawn out.
Residents who want a say have until June 17 to make a remark.