The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has reviewed multiple options to successfully deter suicide attempts on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge while preserving the iconic design.
FDOT previously implemented non-structural deterrence methods including installing six crisis hotline phones to connect with suicide prevention staff, funding 24-hour Florida Highway Patrol coverage, installing cameras to reduce response time, installing signs that message suicide assistance is available, and implementing pedestrian and stopped vehicle detectors to reduce response time when motorists park on the bridge.
Technology advancements will allow the necessary inspection equipment to reach over and under the bridge and the Skyway Vertical Net to continue bridge inspections.
The Skyway Vertical Net will be a vertical barrier placed on the outside barrier wall of the bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin by late 2020 and expected to finish in early 2021.
Jonathan Gill, P.E.
- There are no lane closures at this time.