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24th PhotoHunt Theme 148: Bridge(s)
comment 18 Comments February 7, 2009 – 4:06 am

Perhaps the most popular suspension bridge in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Not only known for its aesthetics but in the most unfortunate way has become one of the world’s most popular places to commit suicide. Yes, this bridge has its dark side and over a thousand lives have been taken by it. For 68 years, there’s been a debate to put or not to put a “safety net” in the bridge.

The deck is approximately 245 feet (75 m) above the water. After a fall of approximately four seconds, jumpers hit the water at some 86 miles per hour (138 km/h), which can be fatal. Some of those who survive the impact drown or die of hypothermia in the cold water. (Wiki)

Lethal Beauty, a seven-part series looking at the darker side of the Golden Gate Bridge reached an inescapable conclusion: A suicide barrier would prevent deaths. On October 10, 2008 the Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors voted 14 to 1 to install a plastic-covered stainless-steel net below the bridge as a suicide deterrent. The net will extend six meters on either side of the bridge and is expected to cost $40–50 million to complete.

Sorry I never meant to touch on such a depressing subject but I couldn’t help not going that direction talking about the Golden Gate Bridge…

Golden Gate Bridge


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