Bridge suicide barrier will have a different look 

If — and that’s still a big if — the suicide deterrent system ever gets built for the Golden Gate Bridge, it will have a slightly different look than first proposed.

On Friday, the Golden Gate Bridge District’s Board of Directors unanimously certified the final environmental impact report (EIR) of a suicide deterrent system that features a steel cable net, set to be placed 20 feet below the span.

As part of the document approval, two changes were made to the original design of the net-system, both for aesthetic purposes. The first alteration was the color of netting, which was changed from the span’s famous “International Orange” tint to a more staid, stainless-steel hue (no geographically-based name yet for that color).

The second switch was the decision to place eight-foot vertical extensions to the pedestrian walkway railing near the north and south main anchorages of the bridge. The rail extensions will run in 300-foot-long segments, and will be placed in lieu of the netting.

According to the environmental studies, both changes will make the famous bridge more visually pleasing.

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