SAN FRANCISO (KCBS)— The Golden Gate Bridge may finally get its long-awaited suicide prevention system. The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District board votes Friday on a $76 million project to install a safety net on both sides of the bridge.
People committing suicide by jumping from the bridge has been a problem for many years. According to the district’s general manager, Dennis Mulligan, in 2013, 46 people committed suicide on the bridge.
“On average about once a week we stop someone from jumping off the bridge. On average, twice a month people die by jumping off the bridge,” said Mulligan.
According to the agency, the prevention plan has faced opposition for years because of the expense, engineering difficulty and public resistance to the notion of changing the look of the iconic bridge.
A model for a suicide barrier was designed in the 1950s, but it wasn’t until now that a viable barrier and federal funding were identified.