This Suicide Prevention Net Along The Golden Gate Bridge Won’t Be Completed For At Least A Year

After beginning construction in 2018, the Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Prevention Net System – a $211 million project that was envisioned in 2015 but has since suffered a series of setbacks, some spurred by the pandemic – is now expected to be completed by November 2023, two years after the originally scheduled completion date.

Hundreds of potential suicides on the Golden Gate Bridge are thwarted each year by citizen intervention, law enforcement, the Golden Gate Bridge District Patrol, and the California Highway Patrol. However, among these attempts, approximately 30 of these suicidal acts prove fatal; many bodies are not even recovered, due to the turbulent nature of the ocean waters that lie 200 feet below the 89-year-old bridge.

To prevent fatal jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Suicide Deterrent System, which is a $211 million project of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, will eventually place a 20-foot-wide net along the entire bridge, at about 20 feet below. the sidewalk of the bridge. The project was originally scheduled to start in 2021, but a recent update on the Transportation District’s website now says the project is “expected to be completed in 2023”.

Deni Mulligan – who is the general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District – told the LA Times in August that when the net system is complete it will be nearly 100% effective in preventing people from jumping to suicide of the world famous bridge.

According to the Transportation District, the nets already installed will be sturdy – made of steel wire, with each section supported by struts attached to the vertical parts of the GGB’s reinforcement truss – but they will be capable of causing injury when hauled. ‘impact. It’s a much better alternative to the deadlier reality that could come from falling hundreds of meters into the cold sea water below.

“It’s been a long and difficult process to get there,” Paul Muller, chairman of the Bridge Rail Foundation, told The Times of London. Muller also said the Transportation District approved an $824,000 training program last Friday that aims to educate responders on how to retrieve people from steel nets.

“But we finally see the construction getting there, and we see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Muller said in closing.

Insider noted that the completed safety net (which is still at least a year away) will exist alongside several strategies already in place on the bridge to prevent people from jumping, including on-site phones that make up hotlines. in the event of a crisis and volunteer organizations that patrol the bridge to help people in distress.

If you’re in a crisis, text “BAY” to 741741 for free, 24/7, confidential crisis support from Crisis Text Line. And if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, you should call the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Hotline at 415-781-0500.

If someone you know shows warning signs of suicide: don’t leave them alone; remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt; and call the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to the emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.

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