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Proposed Suicide Barrier Could Be in Place Along Golden Gate Bridge by 2018

The Golden Gate Bridge's board of directors will consider approving funding for the project on Friday.

A 15-year-old girl from Danville was presumed to have died jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2011. In 2013, 46 people died jumping from the bridge. Patch file photo.
A 15-year-old girl from Danville was presumed to have died jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge in 2011. In 2013, 46 people died jumping from the bridge. Patch file photo.
By Bay City News Service:     

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District has lined up funding for a suicide barrier on the bridge, bridge district officials said. 

The district's board of directors will consider approving the $76 million funding plan Friday morning. The goal is to have the barrier, a net beneath the bridge, in place in 2018. 

The funding plan includes $22 million of federal Local Highway Bridge Program money programmed by Caltrans, $27 million from federal Surface Transportation Program funds programmed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, $7 million from California Mental Health Service Act funds and $20 million from the district's reserves. 

In 2013, 46 people died jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. 

District general manager Denis Mulligan said the bridge district staff's opinion is that "construction of the suicide deterrent simply is the right thing to do at this time." 

The district selected the net system suicide barrier alternative in February 2010.
 
 

Me June 24, 2014 at 07:16 PM
What prevents someone from jumping from the net into the water? And of course I can't wait for all the idiots attempting to jump into the net just for the thrill of it
terry mccaffrey June 25, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Is there one for illegal aliens too!? This is a complete waste of money. You are NOT going to stop people from committing suicide. That would be like pounding salt.
Senor Gigante June 26, 2014 at 06:56 PM
Complete idiocy. Don't mess with The People's Bridge. It is an icon and should not be tampered with. We've gotten by for over 75 years without s co-called suicide barrier. Like putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa!
Lynn V. June 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM
Nets don't stop suicide - Education, Prevention, Counseling, HotLines like the Samaritans, and treatment for severe depression stop suicide. Anyone who REALLY wants to commit suicide WILL succeed eventually unless they are treated successfully and find their way back to normalcy. The funds would be better spent on treatment and prevention. HELP is what the suicidal person needs, not a net under a bridge!
Scott Martin July 05, 2014 at 01:11 PM
The Bridge District Staff all need to have their heads examined. People will find a way regardless of the net. Put the money into prevention. Idiots.

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