VIDEO: Golden Gate Bridge to Get Barrier

SAN FRANCISCO – After more than a decade of planning, the Golden Gate Bridge may soon have a median separating northbound and southbound traffic.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that bridge officials are expected to approve the purchase of the $26.5 million barrier at meetings on Thursday and Friday.

Opposing traffic on the bridge is currently separated by a row of yellow plastic tubes.

The steel and concrete median would prevent head-on collisions. It would be moveable as well.

If the purchase is approved, officials say the barrier would be installed in late October or early November 2014. The bridge would have to be closed for a little more than two days.

Photo: Artist rendition of proposed bridge median barrier

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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