The concept of some sort of barrier on the Aurora Avevue Bridge came from a group of concerned local residents who joined forces with the local suicide prevention programs.
Given that the Aurora Bridge was the second most popular bridge for suicides behind the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the groups spearheaded the effort to reduce that number. According to those involved, suicide takes its toll not only on friends and families, but also those who live near the bridge and see firsthand the aftermath of a suicide.
It began in 2006 with crisis call boxes on the bridge and moved to 2008 with a plan for a barrier. After extensive meetigns and approval from the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (because the bridge is an historic landmark), plans moved forward to build the fence.
The fence is eight feet, nine inches tall and runs along both out edges of the bridge for the entire length of the bridge.