New Goethals Bridge to Get Fencing to Prevent Suicides

By Nicholas Rizzi on July 14, 2014 2:25pm 

 The new Goethals Bridge will add a nine-foot fence on the walkway in order to prevent people jumping off, Councilman Steven Matteo announced.
The new Goethals Bridge will add a nine-foot fence on the walkway in order to prevent people jumping off, Councilman Steven Matteo announced.
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BLOOMFIELD — The Port Authority will add fencing on the walkway of the under-construction Goethals Bridge to prevent suicides, Councilman Steven Matteo announced.

The design for the new bridge, expected to be finished in 2017, calls for wider roadways for cars and a walkway for pedestrian and bicycles. After Matteo sent a letter last month to the Port Authority urging preventative measures to stop people jumping from it, the agency agreed to add a nine-foot fence.

"With these protections in place, I think we can all rest a little easier and be certain that these new bridges will be viewed in an exclusively positive light," Matteo said in a statement. "I think government owed it to the public to make them as safe as possible.”

The new bridge, which is being built next to the current one, is part of a project by the Port Authority to improve all crossings that connect Staten Island to New Jersey.

The work includes completely re-surfacing the Outerbridge Crossing and raising the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge to allow large ships to pass underneath — work which has prompted nearby residents to complain.

Work on all the bridges will cost $2.2 billion and is expected to be completed in 2017, the Port Authority previously said.

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