Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge)

Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge).  Located on 154 Highway.

Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge). Located on 154 Highway.

Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge).
The highest arch bridge in the U.S. state of California, the Cold Spring Canyon bridge crosses a tree-filled ravine north of Santa Barbara. Two large steel box beam ribs support a 2-lane roadway 400 feet (122 meters) high. Controversy arose over how to deal with a suicide rate of one person per year since the bridge opened in 1963 with as many as 5 people a year recently. In 2012 a barrier was installed to block any jumpers though the new fence also blocks what was once a beautiful view of the valley and surrounding mountain.

Since the suicide barrier installation was completed in March of 2012. Two people have scaled the 9′ 7″ barrier to jump to their death. 56 people to date have committed suicide from this bridge.

The Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge is just a couple hundred yards up the street from the haunted Cold Springs Tavern.

Here is a list the the Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge victums.
1. Homemaker, 29, Carpinteria, White Female, 5/5/1964
2. Homemaker, 38, Goleta, White Female, 4/14/1967
3. Realtor, 58, Goleta, White Male, 5/1/1967
4. Customer rep, 31, Santa Barbara, White Female, 5/30/1968
5. Secretary, 29, Santa Barbara, White Female 2/16/1969
6. Trucker, 48, Windsor, CA, White Male 4/13/1969
7. Pharmacist, 51, Santa Barbara, White Male, 6/23/1971
8. Secretary, 41, Santa Barbara, White Female, 2/8/1974
9. Bank Teller, 52, Santa Barbara, White Female, 5/25/1974
10. Dental Hygenist, 60, Santa Barbara, White Female, 3/15/1977
11. Shipping Clerk, 45, Santa Barbara, White Male, 8/1/1977
12. Technician, 41, Montecito, White Male, 9/9/1982
13. Farmer, 24, Goleta, White Male, 10/23/1982
14. Student, 20, Goleta, White Male, 12/5/1982
15. Student, 22, Pomona, CA, White Male, 5/12/1984
16. Farmer, 27, Arroyo Grande, Asian Male, 9/23/1984
17. Machinist, 26, Goleta, White Male, 9/2/1986
18. Homemaker, 39, Santa Barbara, White Female, 8/27/1990
19. Technician, 28, Goleta, White Male, 11/30/1992
20. Auto Mechanic, 41, Santa Barbara, White Male, 5/14/1993
21. Professor, 51, Santa Barbara, White Male, 10/29/1993
22. Forest Service, 22, Los Olivos, White Male, 12/9/1993
23. Restaurant worker, 19, Buellton, Black Male, 6/16/1994
24. Computer Programmer, 31, Santa Maria, White Male, 10/12/1994
25. Salesman, 71, Santa Barbara, White Male, 11/5/1995
26. Attorney, 66, Santa Ynez, White Male, 3/12/1997
27. Psychologist, 60, Santa Barbara, White Male, 3/17/1997
28. Farm Owner, 63, Goleta, White Male, 3/27/1997
29. Attorney, 32, Solvang, White Male, 8/23/1997
30. Teacher, 26, Santa Ynez, White Female, 7/8/1998
31. Water Conditioner, 32, Solvang, White Male, 8/28/1998
33. Consulting Engineer, 74, Santa Maria, White Male, 9/12/2000
33. Graphic Designer, 46, Santa Barbara, White Male, 3/16/2001
34. Construction worker, 35, Lake Forest, CA, White Male, 12/11/2001
35. Graphic Designer, 40, Los Osos, White Male, 12/31/2002
36. Program Director, 56, Santa Barbara, White Female, 4/21/2004
37. Carpenter, 37, Santa Barbara, White Male, 12/8/2004
38. Student, 20, Ojai, White Male, 12/30/2004
39. Disabled, 35, Los Angeles, White Male, 4/5/2005
40. Student, 18, Santa Barbara, White Male, 7/15/2005
41. Surgeon, 60, Santa Barbara, White Male, 2/17/2008 0715
42. Laborer, 44, Buellton, Hispanic Male, 8/18/2008
43. Teacher, 39, San Luis Obispo, White Male, 9/8/2008
44. Construction worker, 56, Santa Barbara, White Male, 11/6/2008
45. Jan 5, 2009 39-year-old Ventura man
46. April 4, 2009 45-year-old Santa Barbara woman
47. June 3, 2009 39-year-old Santa Barbara man
48. Sept. 30, 2009 28-year-old Santa Barbara man
49. October 8, 2009 59-year-old Santa Paula woman used two canes and a footstool to get over the edge.
50. October 13, 2009 26-year-old Santa Barbara man
51. October 27, 2009 58-year-old man from Toluca Lake, Ca.
52-53??
54. Feb 19, 2011 34-year-old from Santa Barbara man
55. Peter Stefan Roycewicz 30-year- old from Santa Monica man
56. Gilbert Hererra from Santa Barbara man

Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge) memorial.

Cold Springs Canyon Arch Bridge (Suicide Bridge) memorial.

 

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