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Columbia parking garage suicide prevention project to go for bid

Columbia parking garage suicide prevention project to go for bid

The City of Columbia is moving on to the next phase of safety upgrades at the Fifth and Walnut streets parking garage following more than one-half dozen suicides from the structure since its opening in 2011. 

The Columbia City Council authorized the city to seek bids to place metal screen coverings over window spaces on the upper levels of the garage, according to plans attached to Monday’s council agenda

Columbia Public Works is working with the city’s purchasing department to establish a bid period timeline, wrote John Ogan, public works spokesperson in an email. 

More: New safety barriers under construction in Columbia at Fifth and Walnut parking garage

Bid approval will happen by the city.

The city plans to install protective screens over window openings on the Fifth and Walnut Streets garage. This is similar to how they could look.

Once approved, the construction timeline will depend largely on availability of steel and how soon a manufacturer could fill the order, Ogan wrote. The city does aim a summer start date, according to the staff letter attached to the council agenda. 

“This is a custom project with 150 openings at the garage of varying lengths,” Ogan wrote. “Because of the varying lengths of the openings, the design could potentially use a panel-based approach.”