Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier to cost $50 million

Full story: Marin Independent Journal

Erecting a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge could cost as much as $50 million, according to an environmental assessment released Monday by the Golden Gate Bridge District.
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Tom Stoppard

Greenbrae, CA

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Jul 7, 2008
 
How could we best use $50 million - seriously, we could pay each jumper $500,000 and save the next 100 - maybe we could just solve their financial problems - they will figure out how to kill themselves whether there is a barrier or not.
I suggest the entire Bay Area and especially San Francisco pay for it as they are the source of most of the jumpers...someone should put out the data on that.
Mark Himley

San Rafael, CA

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Jul 7, 2008
 
Hire 2 people x 3 shifts a day to foot patrol for suicide jumpers, and train them in counseling techniques. Pay them each $50,000 a year, which equals a cost of:

=$25,000 a month
=$300,000 a year
=$9,000,000 for 30 years

and save $41,000,000!
mike

Mountain View, CA

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Jul 7, 2008
 
This is so absurd to even be considered. I have a very simple question. Why does anyone think that erecting a barrier is going to stop anyone from comitting suicide. I am quite sensitive to the subject matter as I lost my best friend to suicide and know another who took his life last year. One was with a gun, the other hung himself.

C'mon people, this proposal is nuts. If they can't jump off the bridge, they will find another way. I know that's harsh, but it's the truth. Take all this energy away from destroying the aesthetics of a worldwide landmark and put some money into mental health programs. A lot more lives will be saved.
Daily commuter

Novato, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
The only people they want to prevent from jumping are the drivers who are getting fed up with fare hikes.
Ford Lincoln Mercury

Novato, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
They should put a platform up, put a tide table there, so they can jump on an outgoing tide, put a box so they can deposit there personal belongings and require a fee to be paid for the recovery. Payable in advance, they could actually make money and lower the bridge toll---or it might deter some from jumping that can't afford to pay.
to jump or not to jump

San Francisco, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Why not just remove the bridge and use ferries? Where has common sense gone?

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Since: Apr 08

San Rafael & Mill Valley

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Letting suicidal jumpers dictate further designs on the GG Bridge in the 21st C. is the ludicrous height of political correctness. Who are these politicians and officials who really want these idiotic barrier plans? PEOPLE By & Large do NOT want suicide barriers on the bridge. An extra fulltime cop ($120K/year) will more than stop idiots from messing up their families lives by jumping. Please cancel plans for any barriers. People do NOT want them.
BSomo

Los Angeles, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 

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to jump or not to jump wrote:
Why not just remove the bridge and use ferries? Where has common sense gone?
wow and you have a lot of common sense lol
Fred

Nicasio, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Can't the money be used for a moveable barrier, to protect those that don't want to die?
couplewords

United States

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Jul 8, 2008
 
For less than $50 million you can put up a wall of horrors to show potential jumpers what they'd look like when they hit the water!
Denise Kendall

Pittsburg, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 

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I don't think this is even an issue. It has to be done -- and should have been done long ago. It is up to the Bridge Directors to make the decisions associated with erecting the suicide barrier such as choosing which design and where to get the money.

It is also time, long past the time, when the median should be in place. I understand the median was been approved and funded several years ago, but is awaiting an EIR. I urge the Directors to act with all deliberate speed on these two important safety issues.
Tiger

Petaluma, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Why should we pay for this when 20 people a year jump? Why not pay a therapist to sit on the bridge to babysit these people. It would cost a lot less! This is so unfair. Because of a few people jumping, the rest of the world suffers! How assinine!!!!!!!!!!
Robert Skufca

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Screw 'em. They want to jump, go for it. Fifty Million Dollars? The Bridge District must think our wallets are lined with gold.
russ

Dallas, TX

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Jul 8, 2008
 
It is articles like this that remind me of why I moved out of California 14 years ago. The state is already in financial ruin, the bridge toll (which was to be eliminated when the bridge was paid off many years ago) is already ridiculous, and $50,000,000.00?????The whole bridge was built for less than that!! I say let 'em jump and feed the sharks.
Your Fairy Hockey Player

Berkeley, CA

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#16
Jul 8, 2008
 
Place an Ion-furnace at each end of the bridge for the Ones that feel it neccesary to commit suicide. Vaporize Them quickly, cleanly, and efficiently.
ctazman

Hayward, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
And how many fools jump a year? Barrier or no barrier they will find a way to jump. What a waste of good money.
So tired of it

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Jul 8, 2008
 

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Denise, WHY? Why does it have to be done? So that 20 people that WANT to jump, can't, and the rest of the world suffers by not being able to enjoy this beautiful landmark? Not to mention we the taxpayers have to pay for it because of a few people who will find a way to commit suicide if that is what they really want to do?
Mark 94903

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#19
Jul 8, 2008
 
Usually when there is a jumper they send a helicoptor or two for the recovery. I am curious how much that costs. If they can eliminate the helicoptor searches it may pay for itself in a few years.
Commander Bunny

Berkeley, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
Why not install a curly-slide, or a "Doom-Flume" at mid-span with a sign reading..."Free"
Katie

Petaluma, CA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
The problem is not the bridge it's the people!

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