Suicide Barrier Is the Golden Gate Bridge’s Next Major Improvement, but Completing Earthquake Retrofit Looms

The Mercury News marks the Golden Gate Bridge’s 80th birthday with an article on the landmark’s continuous maintenance operations and next biggest improvement, a suicide barrier projected to be completed in January 2021. The bridge district board “unanimously agreed in December to award the building contract to Oakland-based Shimmick/Danny’s Joint Venture. The project is expected to cost as much as $204 million.”

Marin Independent Journal reports, “A miniature Golden Gate Bridge will be built to test high winds the span sometimes faces, part of the work to protect the 110,000 people who use the span daily as seismic upgrade work continues.” Design of the bridge’s final seismic retrofit is underway, with project costs estimated to be $450 million to $500 million.