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Officials Consider $76 Million Suicide Barrier

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With $76 million in funding in place, officials will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced Monday in a statement that its board of directors is set to vote Friday on the plan that has faced opposition for years because of the expense, engineering difficulty and public resistance to the notion of changing the look of the iconic bridge.

The agency said $27 million would come from the federal Surface Transportation Program, $22 million from the federal Local Highway Bridge Program, $20 million from its own reserves, and $7 million from California Mental Health Service Act money.

The bridge has been the site of more than 1,400 confirmed deaths since it opened in 1937.

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