PORTSMOUTH, N.H.  — Suicide prevention advocates are pressing New Hampshire transportation officials to include suicide barriers in the design for a new bridge linking Portsmouth with Kittery.

Susan Turner, director of the Rockingham County Community Resource Network, Alliance for Community Health, says her group wants the state to include the feature in design specifications, to see how much it would cost.

William Boynton, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, says the state will consider putting in the barriers as part of the request for proposals process. Currently, the state is seeking responses from design-build contractors.

He tells the Portsmouth Herald transportation officials are committed to include reasonable, cost-effective steps to help with pedestrian safety on the bridge, which carries Route 1 over the Piscataqua River.