Workers are nearing completion of the installation of steel net about 20 feet below and extending 20 feet out from the Golden Gate Bridge. As first reported by the New York Times, the nets have already saved lives and have failed to deter jumpers.
The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District began constructing the $217 million steel nets in 2018. At more than three miles in length, the nets “are stitched between 369 new struts, 50 feet apart, and painted the same International Orange as the bridge itself,” according to the Times.
The district estimates that 30 people or more die from suicide at the bridge each year and that hundreds more are stopped from harming themselves through law enforcement and public intervention.
On its website, the district says “jumping into the (net) will result in significant bruises, sprains and possibly broken bones.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of depression or suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, round-the-clock support, information and resources for help. Reach the lifeline at 800-273-8255 or see the SuicidePreventionLifeline.org website.
Source: Orange County Register