New fence on St. Paul's Smith Avenue High Bridge designed to save lives

November 25, 2018 10:47 PM

St. Paul's recently renovated Smith Avenue High Bridge has a new addition designed to save lives.

The bridge near downtown St. Paul over the Mississippi River opened last week after being closed for 15 months.


The Minnesota Department of Transportation put up a 9-foot fence to prevent people from taking their own life on the bridge, which has a long history of suicides.

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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention says tall fences on bridges actually reduce suicides. MnDOT worked with community and suicide prevention groups to put up the new fence. 

Next week, a ribbon cutting will celebrate the reopening of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. Along with the new fence, the bridge deck was reconstructed and improvements were made to bike and pedestrian lanes.  

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