Hate to be a broken record, but there’s a strong probability that a barrier fence on the Narrows Bridge would have prevented this apparent suicide. Suicidal people are usually very specific as to the means of death that they are willing to endure, and serious suicidal impulses tend to be transient and brief. All of this is known science, and isn’t new.

Maine Department of Transportation has consulted with a mental health professional who, I understand, has also advocated for a barrier. So they’ve been advised by their own consultant that barriers save lives, yet they haven’t. Seems they’re more motivated by preserving the aesthetics of what serves them as a monument to themselves. I wish local news media would do a better job of advocating for action on this.

John Vallely

Stockton Springs