Officials agree on plan to prevent suicides at Sedona's Midgley Bridge

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Midgley Bridge in Sedona. (Source: kojoty via 123RF) Midgley Bridge in Sedona. (Source: kojoty via 123RF)
SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

It's quickly becoming known as the Suicide Bridge of Sedona.

Now local and state officials are rapidly working on a plan to stop people from leaping to their deaths.

"There are suicide bridges all across the country, but this is really the only one in Arizona," Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty said on Tuesday. 

Since August, she says five people committed suicide by jumping off the 79-year-old Midgley Bridge.

According to the mayor and other city workers, it's the biggest suicide spike anyone can remember.

The problem is so bad that signs have been posted with a suicide-prevention hotline number.

To stop this morbid trend, the Sedona City Council contacted the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Together, they are completing a plan to erect a pair of ten-foot tall chain link fence barriers along each side of the bridge.

Tom Herrmann, a spokesman for ADOT, said the meeting began in earlier this month, shortly after that latest suicide toward the end of June.

Because the bridge is so old, he says their options are limited.

Herrmann says the final details are still being worked out and expects the costs will be minimal.

The mayor believes will cost less than $100,000 to complete and believes the fences can be installed by the fall.

The city council will meet again next week to discuss the issue. 

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