Get your earplugs! Month-long fence work on Aurora Bridge begins Monday, April 19

Posted on April 8th, 2010 by master


Residents who live near the Aurora Bridge may be in for some sleepless nights as work gets underway to build a fence across the City of Seattle Landmark. The work starts Monday, April 19 and will last for one month.

Two lanes of traffic across the bridge will be closed Sunday through Thursday for construction from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. According to WSDOT, the work will be incredibly noisy. In fact, they’re even offering free industrial strength earplugs for residents who call 206-267-6019.

The Aurora Bridge has been the scene of countless suicides, and officials hope this new fence will discourage would-be jumpers. The Seattle Landmark and Preservation Board approved the “suicide fence” back in July, despite opposition from the Queen Anne Community Council. The project is estimated to cost $8.1 million. To track the progress of the fence, you can log on to WSDOT’s Aurora Bridge Fence project page.


40 responses to “Get your earplugs! Month-long fence work on Aurora Bridge begins Monday, April 19”

  1. gvanderleun says:

    You know, a lot of people are going to hurt themselves climbing over that fence. I'm thinking, “Litigation. Long and costly litigation.”

    Effect of Seattle sucide rate? Nil.

  2. gvanderleun says:

    You know, a lot of people are going to hurt themselves climbing over that fence. I'm thinking, “Litigation. Long and costly litigation.”

    Effect of Seattle sucide rate? Nil.

  3. John DeRosa says:

    After this fence goes up, nobody will kill themselves anymore. They'll walk to the fence, and just turn away and walk home. Awesome!

  4. John DeRosa says:

    After this fence goes up, nobody will kill themselves anymore. They'll walk to the fence, and just turn away and walk home. Awesome!

  5. gvanderleun says:

    SEATTLE'S “officials” and their “hope” never ceases to amaze. Every year you think that, well, they can't possibly get dumber and more profligate with other people's money… and every year they do!

  6. gvanderleun says:

    SEATTLE'S “officials” and their “hope” never ceases to amaze. Every year you think that, well, they can't possibly get dumber and more profligate with other people's money… and every year they do!

  7. MarineVet says:

    The fence is not designed to stop suicides. It's to stop the idiots from landing on innocent people below. I think this is necessary, but 8 million dollars? Why is everything 8 million dollars?

  8. MarineVet says:

    The fence is not designed to stop suicides. It's to stop the idiots from landing on innocent people below. I think this is necessary, but 8 million dollars? Why is everything 8 million dollars?

  9. j says:

    I bet it'll stop a decent percentage of jumpers. And now I'll actually be tempted to walk across it without fear of being bumped into and falling over the railing. It's only 3 feet high currently and feel dangerous just being near it.

  10. j says:

    I bet it'll stop a decent percentage of jumpers. And now I'll actually be tempted to walk across it without fear of being bumped into and falling over the railing. It's only 3 feet high currently and feel dangerous just being near it.

  11. John DeRosa says:

    There has never been one instance of a jumper landing on someone below.

  12. John DeRosa says:

    There has never been one instance of a jumper landing on someone below.

  13. gvanderleun says:

    Well, don't forget to go out without your toddler leash.

  14. gvanderleun says:

    Well, don't forget to go out without your toddler leash.

  15. greivingrealist says:

    I lost a friend who jumped off the bridge, and I don't think a fence will prevent people intent on suicide. It will protect the witnesses below from the trauma, and that's worth something, but $8.1m? When we have waitlists at rehab centers?

  16. greivingrealist says:

    I lost a friend who jumped off the bridge, and I don't think a fence will prevent people intent on suicide. It will protect the witnesses below from the trauma, and that's worth something, but $8.1m? When we have waitlists at rehab centers?

  17. Matt_the_Engineer says:

    Build a concrete box at the bottom with no roof and a painted target. Maybe even add a sign on the bridge as the designated suicide location. Cheap, easy to clean up, and no traumatized witnesses.

  18. Matt_the_Engineer says:

    Build a concrete box at the bottom with no roof and a painted target. Maybe even add a sign on the bridge as the designated suicide location. Cheap, easy to clean up, and no traumatized witnesses.

  19. MarineVet says:

    I've never been suicidal, so maybe my perspective is meaningless, but I wouldn't want to go out so messily. I would much rather take a bunch of pills and go to sleep. Flying off a bridge and possibly hurting people below does not sound like fun to me. However, these people can't be in a logical state of mind.

  20. MarineVet says:

    I've never been suicidal, so maybe my perspective is meaningless, but I wouldn't want to go out so messily. I would much rather take a bunch of pills and go to sleep. Flying off a bridge and possibly hurting people below does not sound like fun to me. However, these people can't be in a logical state of mind.

  21. MarineVet says:

    Matt,

    That reminds me of the suicide booths on Futurama.

  22. MarineVet says:

    Matt,

    That reminds me of the suicide booths on Futurama.

  23. wsdotjamie says:

    The total cost is $4.6.

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr99/aurorabri

    WSDOT Jamie

  24. wsdotjamie says:

    The total cost is $4.6.

    http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr99/aurorabri

    WSDOT Jamie

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