- Associated Press - Thursday, April 13, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials gathered at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday to mark the start of work on a long talked-about suicide barrier that families of suicide victims hope will prevent other deaths.

More than 1,400 people have jumped to their deaths since the bridge opened in 1937. Their survivors have lobbied bridge authorities for some kind of barrier.

“As satisfying as this is and seeing everyone here, we wish the occasion was for something else,” said John Brooks, who lost his daughter, Casey, to suicide in 2008 when she was 17.

“We did this so other people don’t have to face the pain and heartache,” Brooks told the Marin Independent Journal. “Eight years ago I never thought we would be at this point.”

It will cost more than $200 million to install the stainless steel netting along the length of the 1.7-mile (2.7 kilometer) bridge. Bridge officials say the project will be completed by 2021.

The net will be made of marine-grade cable that can weather the elements, bridge officials said. The netting will be gray instead of red to better blend with the water. It will not be visible to drivers.

Plans call for the net to extend 20 feet below and 20 feet from the side of the span. The bright red-orange bridge is 220 feet above the water.

Most jumpers suffer massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding while others drown.


Information from: KGO-TV.

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