Ohio to use stimulus funds for anti-suicide fence


One man jumped to his death off the All-America Bridge this year.

Two more used the Akron bridge – more commonly known as the Y-Bridge – to commit suicide in 2008.

Akron hopes to curtail future deaths on what has been dubbed ”Suicide Bridge” by installing a fence.

The controversial fencing – some have been pushing for it, while others think it’s a waste of money – was among the local projects the state approved Thursday for federal stimulus funds.

”It just makes a safer Akron for everybody,” said Robert Conley, who has been urging the fencing since his son, Kevin, jumped off the bridge to his death in 2006.

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