Worth Knowing: There will be no netting at Quechee Gorge Bridge
Although it was under discussion for many months, the Vermont Agency of Transportation has decided against installing netting underneath the Quechee Gorge Bridge. The netting had been proposed as a means to prevent deaths by catching people who try to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge. One of the reasons the State dismissed the netting option was because the netting itself is made outside the U.S. and federal funds earmarked for the safety improvements may not be spent on products made outside the U.S. There were also considerations involving the cost of annual maintenance and inspection.
For now, the State has installed temporary fencing that curves over and down towards the ground at the top to discourage people from climbing over. State officials are still discussing options and receiving comments from the public. The final design, which will include wider sidewalks and a railing to separate pedestrians from the traffic on Route 4, will be forthcoming. If you'd like to attend a public hearing to provide comments, stay tuned. The State plans to have one more such meeting in March.
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