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The State

The directors of the Golden Gate Bridge overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to put a movable barrier in the center of the span to prevent head-on collisions. The board voted 13 to 1 against the proposal, which had caused extensive debate over the last two years. The directors heard a presentation by the Northwestern University Traffic Institute, which did a study over a two-year period in which there were 164 accidents with three fatalities. The institute concluded that the bridge had fewer accidents than other undivided roads and that a barrier would cause more accidents because it would affect drivers’ lines of vision and narrow the lanes.


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