Golden Gate Bridge District could upgrade communication systems 

The Golden Gate Bridge District’s Board of Directors is likely to approve an $871,000 contract later this week to purchase a new communication system.

The contract approval is part of a $15 million pact signed in 2008 to refurbish the bridge district’s entire communications network. As a stipulation of that contract, the district was free to pursue additional improvements, and the $871,000 deal up for authorization this week will be designed at shoring up the bridge’s Microwave Radio Network.

The existing microwave system, which helps establish communication between the bridge’s various facilities, hasn’t been upgraded since 2001, and frequently has technical issues, according to district documents.

On Friday morning, the district’s Building and Operating Committee will vote on the $871,000 contract amendment. If passed in committee, it will go before the full board for final authorization later that day.

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