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Construction on the bridge barrier was halted on July 13 of this year, less than one month after it began. The judge who delivered the decision to suspend construction stated that Caltrans needed to receive more community feedback about the environmental impact of the project before it could be permitted to move forward. On July 16, three days after construction was suspended, another man died after having jumped from the bridge. The barrier was due to be completed this past September.

There will be a public hearing on the environmental impact of the barrier in January, the details are as follows:

When
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30

Where
San Marcos High School cafeteria
4750 Hollister Avenue
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

What you can do
To add your voice of support and to help move the construction of the barrier forward you can do the following things:

  • Review the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report which is currently available for download in pdf form on the Cold Spring Canyon Bridge project page on the Caltrans website.
  • Submit your comments on the report via email to Matt Fowler at matt_c_fowler@dot.ca.gov or via regular mail to the following address:
      Caltrans
      50 Higuera Street
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
      Attn: Matt Fowler, Senior Environmental Planner

    Written comments must be submitted by January 24, 2011.

  • Attend the meeting on January 5. The public is encouraged to attend and Matt’s mother, Karen, will be there in support of construction of the barrier. Those of us who can’t be there in person will be there with her in spirit.

If you haven’t signed the petition in favor of the barrier, please do. And also be sure to visit my sister’s website stopthetragedy.org for updates on the Cold Spring Arch Bridge and information about safety barriers and suicide prevention.

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