New York City plans to add more than 1,500 barriers in various high-traffic areas in order to protect citizens against various attacks, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday.
The $50 million venture will place 1,500 bollards, or tall metal posts, in frequently visited areas to offer better security and prevent citizens from being hit by vehicles often used in terror attacks, reports CNN.
“In 2017, New Yorkers witnessed the horrible capacity of people willing to do us harm, whether it was in our subways, on our bike paths or in Times Square,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of the infrastructure plan. “But we will not be cowed, and our expanded investment today in barriers and bollards in our public spaces underscores our resolve in keeping New York City safe from future attacks.”
New Yorkers suffered a vehicular attack in October after suspect Sayfullo Saipov took a rented truck from Home Depot and drove it into a crowd of pedestrians on a bike path, killing at least eight people and injuring many others.
New York government officials reviewed various parts of the city to see the most necessary places to put the bollards, but officials believe it could take several years to install them all.
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