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FDOT implements Skyway Vertical Net to deter suicide attempts on Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 08:08:45-05

The Florida Department of Transportation has reviewed all options to prevent suicide attempts on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

FDOT said they are going to secure the necessary approval from the State Historic Preservation Office that preserves the iconic design of the bridge.

The Skyway Vertical Net project will start construction in the summer. The estimated cost is $3 million and the project will take approximately 120 days.

The vertical net will be placed on the outside of the wall.

FDOT previously implemented methods including installing six crisis hotline phones to connect with suicide prevention staff, funding 24-hour FHP coverage, installing cameras to reduce response time and installing signs that message suicide assistance available.

They have talked with bridge engineers and agencies all over the U.S. and the world to find out what other groups are doing to stop suicides.