Not all was rosy...according to a tribute article in this month's Via magazine (an AAA publication) -
"Early opponents of the bridge derided Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss’s initial design, describing it as an “upside-down rat trap” that would destroy the natural beauty of San Francisco Bay. Construction experts warned that no bridge could withstand the forbidding depths and currents of the narrow strait. Foes filed some 2,300 lawsuits, and the Great Depression scared away potential funders. The U.S. Navy urged painting the 746 ft. towers in black and yellow stripes for safety reasons, while the Army Air Corps favored red and white stripes."