Plans to build a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge have been put on hold Friday while officials find more money for the project. The bridge board voted Friday to formally delay the project until Jan. 9 so a funding plan can be revised.
The Golden Gate Bridge District had put together a funding package of $76 million including $22 million form Caltrans, $7 million from California's Mental Health Services Act funds, $27 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and $20 million from the bridge district.
When bids came in last July, the lowest bid was $142 million from the Oakland-based Shimmick/Danny’s Joint Venture. The Pennsylvania-based American Bridge Co. submitted its bid at $174 million.
Bridge officials have asked the bidders to freeze their estimates while the bridge district looks for funding.
The bridge district’s barrier plan calls for a net extending 20 feet below and 20 feet from the side of the span, although it will have to be modified in certain areas because of surrounding terrain. The net will be made of stainless steel, marine-grade cable to stand up to the elements, bridge officials said. The net will be gray instead of red to better blend with the water.