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Fatal Attraction: Suicide Attempts Soar on George Washington Bridge

New, higher safety fences are being installed – but the project is scheduled to take eight years

In recent years, it’s become more and more of a fatal attraction: The rate of suicide attempts at the George Washington Bridge has doubled over the past 12 months.

Just four years ago, only three people died after jumping from the Hudson River span. Last year, there were 18 suicides – and Port Authority police stopped nearly 75 other people from jumping to their deaths.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $47 million project to replace waist-high fencing and install higher pedestrian-safety fences along both side of the mile-long crossing.

But that project won’t be completed for eight years.

Read the full report by Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC/NJPR, content partners of NJ Spotlight.

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