Pasadena’s Division of Public Works offered the newest updates on Wednesday relating to the Colorado Avenue Bridge Barrier Enhancement Undertaking.
The undertaking goals to discourage individuals from making an attempt suicide by leaping off the bridge.
In 2017, a short lived 10-foot tall chain hyperlink fence was put in at every of the bridge alcoves on account of a big enhance within the variety of suicide incidents.
That very same 12 months, the Metropolis Council permitted a process pressure’s suggestion figuring out vertical boundaries as the simplest deterrent and directed workers to develop a design.
5 years have handed, and a ultimate suggestion for vertical boundaries has not come earlier than the Metropolis Council for consideration.
In August of 2021, the Public Security Committee didn’t approve the advisable idea design for the vertical boundaries and as a substitute directed the Division of Public Works to assessment extra choices and get extra enter from the general public.
At Wednesday’s assembly, Division of Public Works Deputy Director Kris Markarian mentioned the design ideas might be introduced to the Public Security Committee in September 2023.
In accordance with Markarian, the division has been holding discussions with the Southern California chapter of the Institute of Classical Structure and Artwork (ICAA) and Pasadena Heritage for the reason that final quarter of 2021 for idea designs for the boundaries.
On account of the discussions, potential design options had been introduced and mentioned. At a gathering held final July 2022, 4 new preliminary idea designs had been introduced by ICAA to Pasadena Heritage and Metropolis workers.
In accordance with Markarian, design charrettes might be carried out from November 2022-Might 2023. The event of design barrier ideas is anticipated from January-June 2023.
“That is an bold schedule and we’re assured that with this effort and having gone by way of the preliminary course of, we will additional refine and attain a consensus on that most popular idea,” Markarian mentioned.
The division presently has $2 million in ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds that can cowl the bills for the design and a portion of building.
Markarian mentioned the division believes that this price range is “not sufficient to get us to building.” A price estimate for the undertaking might be developed for the undertaking as soon as an idea is permitted.
On the assembly, Councilmember Steve Madison noticed important time has already handed for the reason that chain hyperlink fence was put in.
“We’re over 5 years and counting. I get that quite a lot of course of has gone into this and we made some missteps however we actually must begin to deliver this to a conclusion. So I’d actually prefer to see us persist with this timetable,” Madison mentioned.
Suicide makes an attempt from the bridge have decreased since 2017 when 10 incidents occurred based on the Pasadena Police Division. There have been solely 4 incidents in 2018, one in 2019, none in 2020 and one in 2021.
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