(CNN) -- There is a dark duality about the Golden Gate Bridge. Majestic and macabre, the bridge is an architectural wonder that also happens to be a magnet for suicides.
It is the most-used suicide spot in the United States, second in the world.
"People come from all over the world to go onto this bridge," said
Sergeant Kevin Briggs, a retired police officer who used to patrol the
Golden Gate. "Not just to sight-see, but also to take their life."
On Friday, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors
unanimously approved $76 million in funding to erect a 20-foot-wide
steel net -- extending out from each side of the 1.7-mile span -- to
deter would-be jumpers. The federal government will cover $50 million of
the cost; the rest will come from state and local sources.