GG Bridge suicide barrier could be pricy

July 8, 2008 12:04:10 AM PDT
A suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge could cost as much as $50 million.

An environmental impact report released by bridge authorities on Monday, outlines five suicide prevention designs. Two add to the existing railings along the bridge's walkways and two would replace them altogether. A fifth design has a net off the side of the bridge.

"We had to look at the visual and the aesthetics. We had to look at the cultural and the historic preservation issues, land use, parks and recreation and biological," said Mary Currie with the Golden Gate Bridge District.

The net is the cheapest option at $25 million while the barriers run from $40 to $50 million. The designs now go to the public for comment until August 25th. Public meetings will be held in San Francisco and Marin County later this month.

So far this year at least 10 people have committed suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.