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Kris Markarian, P.E.
City of Pasadena, Public Works Department
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In June 2017, the City installed 10-foot-high metal mesh fencing around the benched alcoves on both sides of the bridge as a temporary deterrent measure. The City is now seeking responsibly designed permanent solutions that can be an effective deterrent while also being respectful of the bridge’s historic status.
No decisions have been made yet about any mitigation measures. The community meetings are opportunities to gather input and obtain ideas from all.
As part of this effort, the City reached out to prominent experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, historic preservation, mental health, suicide prevention and public safety to form a task force.
The Task Force’s mission is to engage the community in developing solutions that will deter people from attempting suicide at the bridge while also preserving the structure’s national historic status and architectural significance.
The vision of the Task Force is to allow the community to experience and enjoy the Colorado Street Bridge and the Arroyo as a safe and beautiful environment now and in the future.
Task Force Members
|Ms. Claire Bogaard||Pasadena Heritage, Pasadena Resident|
|Mr. Melvyn Green, SE||Structural Engineering Consult., Melvyn Green & Assoc.|
|Mr. Chris Peck, AIA, PE||CM Peck Consulting, Pasadena Resident|
|Ms. Sue Mossman||Pasadena Heritage, Pasadena Resident|
|Ms. Andrea Rawlings||Architect, Pasadena Resident|
|Ms. Patricia Speelman,||Division Director, Suicide Prevention Center – Didi Hirsch|
|Dr. Ying Ying Goh, MD||Health Officer, Pasadena Public Health|
|Detective Darryl Harris||Pasadena Police Department|
|Mr. Michael Johnson||Director of Public Health, Pasadena Public Health|
|Mr. Ara Maloyan, PE||Director of Public Works, Pasadena Public Works|
|Ms. Kris Markarian, PE||City Engineer, Pasadena Public Works|
|Mr. Brent Maue, PE||Assistant City Engineer, Pasadena Public Works|
|Corporal Brad May||Pasadena Police Department|
|Ms. Takako Suzuki||City Council District 6 Liaison|
|Deputy Chief Jon Trautwein||Pasadena Fire Department|