MTC-supported Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier project slows

By Mark Prado
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District photo.

Work has slowed on one of the more significant projects underway in the Bay Area — a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, span officials said this week.

When bids for the project came in over budget in 2016, MTC provided $40 million to fill a gap for the critical work, expected to save hundreds of lives. In all, MTC has provided about $75 million to the project.

But bridge officials say the work has slowed because of construction issues and will now be completed in 2023 instead of 2021. The entire $204 million project involves installing the equivalent of seven football fields of netting along the 1.7-mile bridge that will be placed on struts.

The net will be made of stainless steel, marine-grade cable to stand up to the elements. The bridge district’s barrier plan calls for a net extending 20 feet below and 20 feet from the side of the span, although it will have to be modified in certain areas because of surrounding terrain.


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