State addresses petition to curb suicides at Gorge Bridge

Updated: 07/28/2014 1:04 PM | Created: 07/28/2014 1:03 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

State officials are offering some support to help curb suicides at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. However, they say it could be years before barriers that were first proposed in 2009 are installed.

The debate gained momentum earlier this month when the mother of a suicide victim started an online petition calling for barriers to be installed.

Her petition now has more than 1,900 signatures.

"People who have been rescued from jumping off bridges have gone on to lead a normal life and that's 94 percent of those people. That's huge," Curly O'Connor told KOB earlier in July. "If we can save one person from here on out, that would mean my mission is accomplished."

A New Mexico Department of Transportation study found the barriers would cost millions of dollars to build. They say the state doesn't have the money for the barriers at this time.

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