- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

AKRON, OHIO (AP) - An Ohio city plans to use federal stimulus money to install fencing on a bridge to keep people from jumping to their deaths.

One person has committed suicide this year from Akron’s All-America Bridge. Two did last year.

A father of a suicide victim is praising the decision to add the fence, at a cost of up to $1.5 million. Robert Conley says it might have stopped his son Kevin from killing himself in 2006.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic (pluhs-KWEHL’-ihk) notes that the government now requires new bridges to have fencing.

Akron is receiving a total of $21 million for road and bridge projects from the federal program intended to create jobs and stimulate the economy.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, https://www.ohio.com

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