Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

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Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA

Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA
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Seattle FRIENDS is dedicated to eliminating suicides from the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA
 

History (2006 - present):


       Feb 2011 - Construction of the Aurora Bridge Safety Fence is complete.
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       Spring 2010 - Fall 2010 - Construction begins on the fence.  WSDOT awards the contract to
         Massana Construction, who submitted the lowest bid. 
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       Late 2009 - early 2010 - WSDOT plans to award the fence contract to the most competitive
         bidder and begin fence construction.
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       Aug-Oct 2009 - WSDOT plans to advertise the the project to contractors for competitive
         bidding.
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       June 2009 - The City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board approves WSDOT's
         application for the Aurora Bridge Fence Project.
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       May 2009 - The Washington State House and Senate Transportation Committees approve
         Senate Bill 5352 (better known as the 2009-2011 Transportation Budget).  Funding
         for the fence construction is included in the bill.
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       Mar 2009 - WSDOT creates a temporary life size barrier model for public view.
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       Feb 2009 - WSDOT meetings with the Seattle Architectural Review Committee.
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       Dec 11, 2008 - A woman leaps from the bridge and dies.

       Dec 2008 - WSDOT update on fence design and progress and project timeline.

       Dec 2008 - follow up meeting with WSDOT Project Management for the proposed Aurora
         Bridge Safety Fence
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       Nov 3, 2008 - A man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       July to Oct 2008 - multiple meetings with the WSDOT fence design advisory committee.
         Conceptual drafts for a suicide barrier are reviewed and critiqued by
         advisory committee members and members of Seattle's Architectural Review
         Committee (ARC).
                 
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       July 2008 - meeting with the City Neighborhood Council Transportation Committee

       July 2008 - the WSDOT fence design advisory committee is formed. 
         conceptual drawings for a suicide barrier as well as advisory committee purpose
         are reviewed at the first committee meeting.         
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       June 2008 - participation in the Seattle Out of the Darkness suicide prevention walk
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       May 6, 2008 - A forty-four-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       April 16, 2008 - A man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       Mar 2008 - interview with National Public Radio (NPR)

       Mar 2008 - Washington State legislators approve $1.3M funding toward a suicide barrier
         in the 2008 Supplemental Transportation Budget, with an additional $6M in the '09 budget

       Mar 2008 - testimony to the Seattle City Council regarding community suicide barrier
         design ideas

       Mar 2008 - interview on the Aurora Bridge Suicide issue (Seattle Cable Access Network)
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       Feb 2008 - community conceptual drawings for a suicide barrier proposed

       Feb 2008 - barrier design planning meeting with Enviroissues, City of
          Seattle, Washington State Transportation Officials and Architects Without Borders.

       Feb 2008 - letter of support from Fremont Chamber of Commerce President,
         Marko Tubic
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       Jan 2008 - letter of support from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention        

       Jan 2008 - preliminary community design workshop, over 100 attendees

       Jan 2008 - interview with the North Seattle Herald-Outlook
        
       Jan 2008 - barrier design workshop kick off meeting with Enviroissues, City of
          Seattle, Washington State Transportation Officials and Architects Without Borders.
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       December 27, 2007 - A man leaps from the bridge and dies.

       Dec 2007 - first meeting with design workshop consultants, Enviroissues.

       Dec 2007 - second meeting with Architects Without Boarders, Seattle Chapter

       Dec 2007 - interview Aurora Bridge barrier design workshop consultants

       Dec 2007 - meeting with WSDOT program managers
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       Nov 2007 - meeting with Seattle Historic Landmarks Preservation Board

       Nov 2007 - meeting with Senator Mary Margaret Haugen, Chair Senate Transportation
         Committee

       Nov 2007 - letter of support to Governor Gregoire from King County Council member
         Pete von Reichbauer

       Nov 2007 - letter of support from King County Council member Larry Phillips
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       Oct 2007 - participation in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
         Out of the Darkness benefit walk

       Oct 2007 - phone meeting with Casey Hanewall, SDOT Chief of Staff

       Oct 2007 - second meeting with Jodie Vice, legislative aid to Seattle city
         council member Jan Drago, Chair Transportation Committee

       Oct 2007 - Seattle City Council approves $75,000 to fund a suicide barrier
         architectural design charrette/competition

       Oct 2007 - second meeting with the Fremont Neighborhood Council

       October 19, 2007 - A twenty-four-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.

       Oct 2007 - testimony to the Seattle City Council, Issue Identification Session
         regarding funding for a suicide barrier architectural design charrette/competition

       Oct 2007 - letter of support from the Queen Anne Community Council

       Oct 2007 - meeting with King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer

       Oct 2007 - meeting with Shelia Babb of US Senator Patty Murray's office
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       Sep 2007 - fourth stakeholder meeting with City and State transportation officials.

       Sep 2007 - meeting with the Lake Union District Council

       Sep 2007 - phone meeting with Rep. Deb Wallace, member House Transportation Committee
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       Aug 2007 - meeting with Seattle City Council member Jan Drago, Chair City Transportation
         Committee

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 36th legislative district

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Jennifer Ziegler, Governor's Executive Policy Office, Transportation

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Rep. Fred Jarrett; Ranking Minority Member House Transportation
         Committee

       Aug 2007 - letter of support from the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Seattle City Council President Nick Licata

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Streeter Architects

       Aug 2007 - first meeting with Architects Without Borders

       Aug 2007 - letter of support from the Fremont Chamber of Commerce

       Aug 2007 - letter of support from the Fremont Neighborhood Council

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Sen. Ed Murray, 43rd legislative district;
         Vice Chair Senate Transportation Committee

       Aug 2007 - meeting with Rep. Judy Clibborn, Chair House Transportation Committee

       August 1, 2007 - A fifty-year old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       July 2007 - meeting with Rep. Helen Sommers, 36th legislative district; Chair House
         Appropriations Committee

       July 2007 - letter of support from the Glendon Mental Health Association of California

       July 2007 - first meeting with the Fremont Neighborhood Council

       July 2007 - meeting with Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, 36th legislative district; member House
         Transportation Committee

       July 2007 - phone meeting with Lieutenant Mark Olson, SPD Harbor Patrol

       July 13, 2007 - A man leaps from the bridge and survives.

       July 2007 - meeting with Lan Nguyen, legislative aid to Rep. Frank Chopp, 43rd legislative
         district; House Speaker

       July 2007 - meeting with Rep. Jamie Pedersen, 43rd legislative district
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       June 2007 - The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) creates
         conceptual drawing for a suicide barrier on the bridge.

       June 2007 - phone meeting with Travis Commodore, public relations for King County Council
         member Larry Phillips.

       June 2007 - third stakeholder meeting with City and State transportation officials.  The Seattle
         Department of Transportation (SDOT) reallocates $30,000 to fund a preliminary feasibility
         study for a suicide barrier on the bridge.

       June 2007 - brochures and flyers distributed to raise awareness of the bridge issue with
          the Bridge community.

       June 2007 - first meeting with Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

       June 2007 - NPR story on the Aurora Bridge suicide issue airs.
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       May 2007 - phone meeting with the Glendon Mental Health Association of California.

       May 2007 - second stakeholder meeting with City and State transportation officials.

       May 2007 - first meeting with Seattle Police Department, North Precinct.

       May 2007 - first meeting with the Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State.

       May 2007 - phone meeting with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Seattle
         chapter.
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       April 2007 - first stakeholder meeting with City and State transportation officials.

       April 2007 - first meeting with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.

       April 10, 2007 - A forty-nine-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       March 9, 2007 - A woman leaps from the bridge and survives.

       March 2007 - meeting with the King County Medical Examiners Office.

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       February 17, 2007 - A twenty-seven-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       January 24, 2007 - A fifty-six-year-old woman leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       December 5, 2006 - A forty-two-year-old woman leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       November 2006 - The City of Seattle installs emergency call boxes and crisis signs on the bridge.

       November 14, 2006 - A sixty-four-year-old woman leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       September 6, 2006 - A twenty-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       August 2006 - The City of Seattle, Washington State Department of Transportation
         engineers, Seattle police and suicide prevention specialist meet to talk about possible
         solutions to the bridge problem.  A proposal is put forth to install emergency call boxes and
         signs on the bridge.

       August 14, 2006 - A thirty-eight-year-old woman leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       July 13, 2006 - A twenty-four-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       June 1, 2006 - A fifty-one-year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.
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       May 6, 2006 - A fifteen-year-old Ballard High School student leaps from the bridge and dies. 
         Family and friends create a make shift memorial in the parking lot where she lands.  She is
         the youngest person to commit suicide by leaping from the Aurora Bridge.
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       February 16, 2006 - An eighteen-year-old college student leaps from the bridge.  She
         survives the initial impact but dies a week later in the hospital.
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       January 1, 2006 - A forty-seven year-old man leaps from the bridge and dies.

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