$76 million found for Golden Gate suicide barrier

By June 24, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — With $76 million in funding in place, officials will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced Monday in a statement that its board of directors is set to vote Friday on the plan that 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.

The agency said $27 million would come from the federal Surface Transportation Program, $22 million from the federal Local Highway Bridge Program, $20 million from its own reserves, and $7 million from California Mental Health Service Act money.

The bridge has been the site of more than 1,400 confirmed deaths since it opened in 1937.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • Snuggle bunnyJune 24, 2014 - 4:12 am

    How about helping people that need help, homeless, vets, etc etc with that found extra money!!!!

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  • PatriotJune 24, 2014 - 6:33 am

    How about our roads in crappy condition? Yep, when money is needed it is already found. Now let's tax the tax payers additionally for gas for the road repairs.

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  • CD BrooksJune 24, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Why not provide 24/7 security on the bridge? 2 or 3 teams of five full time security guards would cost way less. OR...just put a rope across the sidewalk. When a jumper shows, charge admission.

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  • common centsJune 24, 2014 - 8:24 am

    Please check your facts. They do have security patrols at the bridge 24/7...

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  • CD BrooksJune 24, 2014 - 9:43 am

    common cents, really? Well then they need a raise.

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  • Say it isn't soJune 24, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Why are we punished for people who want to kill themselves? I'm sure it sounds heartless, but if they want to do it, let them! They will find a way, no matter how many barriers you put up; that's only 1 out of 1,000 ways to die. There has to be a better way, a different resource that can be provided to these people. $76 mil? Not worth it. How about something to better the lives of people who actually want to live them; who actually contribute to society.

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  • GemmaJune 24, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Amen! I completely agree. I watched a movie years ago about suicides on the GGB. It was interesting. There was a man in the movie who jumped off the bridge, and lived. He said as soon as he stepped off, he changed his mind about wanting to die. Can you imagine how many other people changed their minds after they stepped off, only to find out it was too late? I have the most respect for people who want to end their life that plan before the event. They choose a private place, instead of doing it at home where friends or family have to discover them, and then live with that the rest of their lives. I don't mean the Gun Range either. That is as bad as doing it at home. Someone at work shouldn't have to deal with that! I know, someone that finds them may be at work and will have to live with those images, but doing it where family will find you is the worst,imo. The movie may still be on Netflix. It's called The Bridge.

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  • 2realJune 24, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    If a person wants to take their life.. let em

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