Golden Gate Bridge Getting First Suicide Net
Bridge's board of directors approves funding
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2014 3:49 PM CDT
This undated artist rendering provided by the Golden Gate Bridge authorities shows the proposed netting that is to be installed.   (AP Photo/Golden Gate Bridge handout)

(Newser) – Golden Gate Bridge directors today took a big step toward eliminating the span's unwanted distinction as the most popular spot in the nation for suicides, reports CNN. The board approved a $76 million project to install a steel safety net that will jut out from both sides of the bridge. It's expected to be in place in 2018, despite criticism that it will detract from the span's beauty, reports NBC Bay Area.

Directors, though, have got about 1,600 arguments in their favor—the number of suicides since the bridge opened in 1937, including a record 46 last year. "By approving this, we are putting a stop to 77 years of needless death and family devastation," a jumper who survived his suicide attempt in 2001 tells the San Francisco Chronicle. One of this year's suicides was the grandson of a public official who has led the push for the safety net.

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Jan 9, 2015 5:13 PM CST
I am very glad to hear they are finally putting a net up, since I personally know someone whose teenage son jumped off the bridge, but thankfully survived. Had the net of been already up, his son and family would not of had to endure months of painful healing, emotionally and physically, when a temporary problem almost became permanent. My prayers are with all the many families who have endured suicide attempts, or suicides.
Jan 9, 2015 12:30 PM CST
Now the jumpers will hit the net, survive with injuires, and then file a lawsuit against the state, the DOT, the bridge company, and the designer of the net...No need to die now!
Boz O'Clown
Jun 29, 2014 8:23 AM CDT
When you make the world idiot proof, only idiots will want to live there.