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SR 99 - Aurora Bridge Fence - Completed February 2011

Project Status - Complete
A map of the project area.
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Crews examine the fence shortly after completion.
Maintenance crews walk the Aurora Bridge after completion.

An aerail view looking southwest over the bridge.
Looking southwest over the  Aurora Bridge, which is 2,945 feet long, 70 feet wide and 167 feet above Lake Union (about the height of a 15-story building).
An aerial view looking southeast over the bridge toward downtown Seattle.
Looking southeast
 over the Aurora Bridge, which links the Queen Anne and Fremont neighborhoods of Seattle.

Overview
We installed an 8-foot-9-inch safety fence along both sides of the SR 99 Aurora Bridge, also known as the George Washington Memorial Bridge. The fence spans the length of the bridge from just north of the Queen Anne on- and off-ramps on the southern end to just south of the Fremont on-and off-ramps on the northern end.
 
Neighbors and community members were moved to action because of rising concerns about safety. Suicide attempts negatively affect victims and their loved ones. Suicide attempts also affect people living and working near the bridge. Emergency response workers are put at risk when working in the waterways under the bridge.

The fence deters people from jumping off the bridge and improves safety for people living and working near the bridge.

How You Benefit
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The fence lowers the number of suicide attempts.

People contemplating suicide and their families benefit.

Residents living near the bridge also benefit. They say it is very difficult to deal with the aftermath of a suicide.

Partnerships & Cooperation
This safety fence was built in cooperation with and consideration of many local community groups, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Seattle Friends is a group dedicated to reducing suicides from the Aurora Bridge. They were very involved in bringing awareness to the problem and identifying funding for the project.

Funding

$4.8 million in pre-existing funds.

Contact Us
Kris Olsen
WSDOT Communications
206.440.4704
olsenk@wsdot.wa.gov

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