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Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier funding OK'd

A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
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A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
Graffiti saying "don't do it" is written on the railing of the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
A person walks by an emergency crisis counseling phone on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
A sign is posted alerting people to use an emergency crisis counseling phone if in distress on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California.
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A visitor looks over the railing on the Golden Gate Bridge on March 12, 2014 in San Francisco, California. A long debated suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to reality after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.
In this file photo from Nov. 15, 2006, the Golden Gate Bridge is shown in San Francisco.
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The Golden Gate Bridge is a big step closer to getting a suicide barrier after bridge officials approved a $76 million funding package for a net system that would prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

The bridge district's board of directors voted unanimously on Friday in favor of the funding package, which includes $20 million in bridge toll revenue.

Federal money will provide the bulk of the remaining funding, though the state is also pledging $7 million.

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At least some of the money still requires additional approval. The bridge's board, however, has now taken its final step in adopting the net.

Officials have been discussing a suicide barrier on the bridge for decades. More than 1,400 people have jumped to their deaths since the bridge opened in 1937.