Vermont lawmakers to hear about bridge safety and suicides

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MONTPELIER, VT. >> The bridge over the Quechee Gorge along Vermont's U.S. Route 4 offers spectacular views and is a draw for tourists, but also lures those intent on suicide.

Two Vermont House committees are planning a joint hearing this week on whether there are safety measures that can be installed on the bridge to discourage those seeking to take their own lives.

Local public safety officials say retrieving bodies from the gorge presents significant safety risks to their personnel. Suggestions have ranged from glass panels along the edges of the bridge to nets below.

The House committees on transportation and on human services hearing will meet in Room 11 of the State House on Tuesday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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