MnDOT Plans to Add Higher Railings on High Bridge to Help Prevent Suicides

February 07, 2017 10:51 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation held an open house Tuesday to get public input on the reconstruction of a Saint Paul landmark.

Later this year, the Smith Avenue High Bridge will close for deck work and renovations along the bridge to help prevent suicides.


Over the years, the bridge has been a sight for suicide. Community groups and MnDOT are working on a plan to install 8-feet metal railings along the bridge.

"The biggest thing we've learned working with the Department of Health is trying to create an environment that deters folks from wanting to scale any type of fence or railing over there, so it's not necessarily making it so you can't climb over but making it so it's harder and more challenging effort," Tara McBride with MnDOT said.

The bridge is set to shut down for repairs this fall and will remain closed for a year.  


Joe Mazan

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