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Suicide Prevention Fence Considered for Penobscot Narrows Bridge

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In the wake of a Bucksport Middle School teacher taking her life by jumping from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Sunday, the state legislature considers erecting a suicide-prevention fence to prevent more deaths.

The proposal was forwarded by Representative Joe Brooks of Winterport and it moved through committee without debate and now moves forward for consideration.

The project is estimated to cost over a million dollars to fence the bridge which opened in 2007.

Since then, as many as 6 people have chosen to jump from the bridge.

The Bangor Daily news reports the only bridge in Maine with a suicide-prevention fence is Memorial Bridge in Augusta spanning the Kennebec River. Reports indicate since the fence has been erected, there have been no suicide attempts from that bridge.

The Transportation Committee will review the proposal before it hits the full legislature.

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