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Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier cost could rise to $198M

SAN FRANCISCO >> The project to build a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge could escalate to as much as $198 million and continues to be delayed as officials seek more money for construction.

The bridge board voted Friday to formally delay the project until Jan. 9 so a funding plan can be revised. Bridge officials were stunned in July when bids came in almost double the $76 million estimate. Now span officials are noting the project could be as much as $198 million, but caution that that figure is likely high. It was included as a safeguard in a budget planning document to acknowledge the high-end cost of the project...

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