The Golden Gate has had a horrifyingly high amount of suicide rates over the years. Now the community has come up with a solution of sorts to to help save lives: a net that covers the perimeter.
Sounds simple enough, right? Why didn’t we think of this sooner?? However, it will not be an easy task. Crews will work diligently, beginning in May, to “erect fencing along the approaches and tower legs.” This is only temporary though. Workers will then begin to take measurements and instal a net that runs along the sides of the bridge, which is 1.7 miles long, and will extend out 20 feed on both sides.
The installation will begin in 2018 and the Golden Gate Bridge, Transportation and Highway District expects construction to be completed in 2021.
And this isn’t your average net. It will be constructed from stainless steel — light enough to be inconspicuous, but strong enough to save lives.
Since the bridge was built in 1937, nearly 1,700 people have leapt to their deaths from it, according to the Bridge Rail Foundation, a group dedicated to stopping suicides from bridges.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District posted a video on Facebook to introduce the net project.
Costing $211 million to design, plan, and construct, the project is a group effort. The funds are coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, state mental health provisions and private donations.
This is actually a great feature to have in place. It will hopefully deter people from trying to jump in the first place, but will also hopefully save their life in the case that they still try.
If you are ever dealing with thoughts of suicide, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to https://afsp.org.
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