Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City’s Security Infrastructure Working Group making the announcement at the Times Square pedestrian plaza. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
In an effort to better prevent vehicular terror attacks in New York City, officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to add 1,500 permanent bollards, or barriers, in high-profile areas. “These bollards will make sure vehicles can never come into places where pedestrians are,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference in Times Square.
The $50 million initiative unveiled Tuesday will initially provide temporary bollards to high-profile areas such as Times Square, with the installation of permanent fixtures starting in March. The full citywide installation is slated to be completed “over the next few years,” city officials said.