It’s full speed ahead for the Golden Gate Bridge suicide deterrent project, thanks to an infusion of of funding from MTC to close a gap in the project's $204 million budget. At their December 2016 meeting, MTC’s commissioners agreed to a funding swap in order to steer $40 million to the long-awaited barrier.
The deterrent system will actually consist of twin nets woven out of stainless steel rope whose expanse would span seven football fields. The nets will be cantilevered from either side of the 1.7-mile-long span and hang 20 feet below the pedestrian deck, meaning a jumper would fall the equivalent of two stories before hitting the nets. He or she would likely suffer injuries but survive. Painted gray to blend in with the water below, the nets won’t obstruct views of or from the iconic bridge. Read the full story.