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Options for bridge barriers discussion - March 2, 2011

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The video above was recorded at one of four public forums held on March 2 to solicit information from campus and community members regarding the design of barriers and other structural safety modifications to high gorge bridges on and near the Cornell campus. Three conceptual or "pre-schematic" designs for each type of bridge - stone arch, pedestrian and vehicular - were presented. (see powerpoint slides).



The Site Analysis Report serves as a draft of the basic framework for the development of strategies and proposals. Each bridge has been modeled and documented in detail to understand its structure, scale, urban connection, iconic importance, dynamic views and elevation. The study also serves to analyze the ergonomics behind barrier types, their technologies and structural parameters, as well as other means restrictions at hand, including lighting, surveillance and call boxes. This document will inform the development of proposals and provide a means by which to discuss the critical aspects of the project. 

The presentation was made by NADAAA at the City/CU Means Restriction Committee (CCUMRC) meeting on November 1, 2010. The committee members were asked to review the information, share themes and concepts with their constituents, and engage in interactive discussion and dialogue in their next meeting scheduled on Monday, November 15.

This report titled, “Preventing Suicide by Jumping from Bridges Owned by the City Of Ithaca and by Cornell University," was prepared by Annette L. Beautrais, PhD, Madelyn S. Gould, PhD., MPH and Eric D. Caine, MD, who were asked to consult on both immediate and intermediate-term response to the recent deaths of students who jumped from bridges on or adjacent to the Cornell campus.