GWB getting suicide fence
THE PORT AUTHORITY is putting up temporary safety fencing along the George Washington Bridge this week to stop suicides on the historic span, officials said Thursday.
Construction crews shut down the south walkway that runs parallel to the upper level roadway as they started the project on Monday — the same day a man leaped to his death from the bridge.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Bicyclists and pedestrians are being moved to the north walkway, which is usually closed to the public, a Port Authority spokesman said. A dozen people jumped to their deaths from the Hudson River bridge in 2016 — a 33% decline from the 18 suicide deaths on the bridge in 2015.