Gorge Bridge safety meeting Thursday


Now that the state government has had time to mull possible suicide deterrents at the Río Grande Gorge Bridge, the New Mexico Department of Transportation is hosting an open house to discuss those ideas.

An upcoming meeting with the department, the Federal Highway Administration and HDR Engineering, the firm responsible for the bridge study, will be held Thursday (Aug. 16) from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m. at the Sagebrush Inn, located at 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos.

The goal of the Río Grande Gorge Bridge Suicide Deterrent System Study is to reduce the number of suicides at the bridge and bring awareness to the prevention efforts in the works. According to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, more than 40 suicides have occurred since the bridge was built in 1965.

Three of those occurred in July alone.

The study looked at the feasibility of nets or fencing as a possible suicide deterrent system.

The format will be an open house, meaning no formal presentation will be given, and the public may come at any time throughout the evening.

Visit riograndegorgebridgestudy.com for more Information about the study.

If you are unable to attend, comments about the study can be sent to Danton Bean of HDR Engineering at 2155 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 9500, Albuquerque, 87110 or by email to riograndegorgebridge@hdrinc.com. All written comments should be submitted by August 31.

To request Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-related accommodations for the meeting, contact Victoria Bray, HDR Engineering, Inc., at (602) 245-7885 at least two days before the meeting.

-- Staff report