Screens installed on Portland 'suicide bridge'

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PORTLAND — Workers have started installing temporary, 9-foot-tall screens to prevent more suicides on Portland's Vista Bridge.

KATU-TV reports the work is expected to take about three weeks. Construction began Tuesday.

Four people including a 15-year-old girl have jumped to their deaths from the bridge this year.

Trained volunteers wearing orange vests began patrolling the bridge in late July to prevent more deaths.

KATU reports the temporary screens cost $236,000.

The city is looking for funding for a permanent barrier that's expected to cost between $2.5 million and $3 million.

Built in the 1920s, the bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a long history of suicides.