The San Diego-Coronado Bridge has seen dozens of suicides over the years.
The San Diego-Coronado Bridge has seen dozens of suicides over the years. Photo by Chris Stone

San Diego City Councilmember Raul Campillo announced his support for construction of a suicide barrier along the Coronado Bridge, which he said should become a regional transportation priority.  

“Over 400 people have died by suicide on our region’s iconic bridge, and we as leaders have a duty to stop this,” said Campillo on Wednesday.

Campillo, who is vice-chair of the SANDAG transportation committee, called on the regional planning agency to divert $25 million allocated in 2004 for a tunnel from the bridge to North Island Naval Air Station to be used instead for the suicide barrier.

“We have $25 million allocated to a project that no longer needs it, and we have an urgent need to save lives and protect public safety,” said Campillo.

He was joined by Coronado Councilmember Bill Sandke in calling for the “long overdue suicide barrier.”

Caltrans has performed extensive studies of possible suicide barriers on the bridge.

Campillo represents District 7, which stretches northeast from Mission Valley to Miramar.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.