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Sedona bridge to get barrier to stop jumpers

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 19:18:18-04
SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona transportation officials are close to getting approval to put a barrier on a Sedona area bridge where people have jumped to their deaths.
 
The Arizona Department of Transportation says the Sedona City Council will discuss the proposed barrier for Midgley Bridge at a meeting this month.
 
ADOT spokesman Tom Herrmann says the agency is recommending a chain link-style fence that, with the current railing, would make a 10-foot high barrier.
 
Officials have already installed signs with a suicide hotline on and near the bridge.
 
According to authorities, five people have died in the last year-and-a-half after jumping from the historic steel arch bridge. There have not been more than two each year in the last decade.
 
The city of Sedona held a public meeting on the barrier last week.