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Authorities Say Man Circumvents Controversial Anti-Suicide Barrier In Santa Barbara County, Leaps To Death

Posted on Monday, September 10, 2012 12:08am

Authorities say a man circumvented a controversial anti-suicide barrier on a Santa Barbara County bridge, and jumped to his death.

The 30 year old Santa Monica man was found at the base of the Cold Springs Canyon Bridge last week. His car was found parked nearby.

More than 50 people have committed suicide off the scenic Santa Ynez Valley bridge since it was built in the 1960′s.

At the urging of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, and the Santa Barbara based Glendon Association, Caltrans planned a project to erect anti-suicide barriers on both sides of the bridge. But, the plan was opposed by a group which questioned the effectiveness of the barriers, and opposed the aesthetic impacts.

A court challenge by the opponents delayed the project for more than a year, but it was finally completed in March.

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