Final environmental report on bridge’s deterrent system to be released tomorrow 

Tomorrow, engineers with the Golden Gate Bridge will unveil their final environmental impact report on the proposed suicide deterrent system for the span.

In October 2008, the bridge district’s board of directors approved plans for a $50 million marine-grade stainless steel net, set to hang 20 feet below the span. A few months prior to that, district engineers completed their draft analysis of the suicide deterrent system. The report set to be issued tomorrow will tweak some of the findings from that study, according to bridge district spokeswoman Mary Currie.

The bridge board will be asked to certify the report at its meeting on February 12. Due to procedural rulings, there will no formal comment period on the final environmental impact report (unlike the draft study) although public feedback is still welcome, Currie said.

Even if the environmental report is certified next month, the barrier still lacks a funding plan. According to new statistics from the Marin County Coroner’s Office, 31 people leapt to their death from the span last year.

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