Colorado Street Bridge “Suicide Deterrent System” Back Before Committee on Faster Track, and $200,000 Cheaper

Published : Monday, May 13, 2019 | 6:32 PM

Ten-foot-high suicide prevention fencing was installed along the Colorado Street Bridge pedestrian walkway in September 2018 as a temporary measure and remains in place.

Pasadena’s Public Safety Committee on Wednesday will consider approving a new plan that shaves $200,000 off the bill and 10 months off the timeline for a specialized architect to design a “suicide deterrent system” for the Colorado Street Bridge.

The original proposal was heard before the Committee on April 17. On that outing, Committee members directed City staff to re-evaluate and streamline the project’s environmental and design scope of work, and return with a condensed project schedule and reduced cost.

The firm chosen by the Pasadena Department of Public Works is San Francisco-based Donald MacDonald Architects, which earlier designed such a system for the Golden Gate Bridge.

“The firm offers a unique understanding and expertise in suicide mitigation projects and brings a wealth of knowledge from extensive research into suicide mitigation efforts around the globe,” staff said in its report on the matter to the City Council.

The award-winning design firm specializes in bridge and road projects, according to the report. It would be working in concert with the firm of Biggs Cardosa Associates and Galvin Preservation Associates.

The former is a structural engineering firm that specializes in bridges, whether it involves seismic retrofitting, design or rehabilitation. Noteworthy is the fact it worked on the 1993 retrofit of the Colorado Street Bridge.

For its part, Galvin Preservation specializes in the evaluation of historic resources and preparation of environmental documents. It, too, has worked on bridge projects in Pasadena; namely the La Loma Road Bridge rehabilitation, and the Holly Street Bridge seismic retrofit, which is ongoing.

The contract up for approval is in the amount of $500,000. With that money MacDonald will conduct an investigation and site survey, complete the necessary environmental documentation, and deliver a preliminary design.

The anticipated schedule design completion has been reduced by ten months, from February 2021 to April 2020.

The new plan sets construction to start in August 2020.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., in City Hall Council Chambers, Room S249, 100 N. Garfield.

 

 

 

 

 

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