New York – The installation of suicide-prevention phones on the region’s Hudson River bridges could be completed within two weeks, the head of the state Bridge Authority says.
Executive Director George Sinnott said there will four phones each on the Kingston-Rhinecliff, Rip Van Winkle and Bear Mountain bridges and at least four on the twin-span Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, at a total cost of $166,040. The Mid-Hudson Bridge already has suicide-prevention phones.
“We have most of the components,” Sinnott said. “We hope to have these things going within two weeks.”
The Bridge Authority unveiled the plans for the phones shortly after two people – a priest from Saratoga Springs and a woman from Staatsburg – committed suicide by jumping off the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge on back-to-back days in late December 2006.