New York to install 1,500 security barriers in response to terror attacks
New York City is planning to install over 1,500 security barriers throughout the city to prevent terror-related attacks following recent vehicle-related homicides in the city.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday the plans to build the barriers as part of the initial phase of a $50 million security infrastructure plan to upgrade the city’s defenses against such attacks. The barriers will be installed near the sites of the two attacks in Times Square and lower Manhattan.
“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,” the mayor said in a statement. “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.”
The security barriers, metal posts protruding from the ground, will aim to prevent vehicles from entering pedestrian-concentrated areas and public spaces in the case of an attack.
In late October, a man plowed a rented truck into a bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring nearly a dozen more. Authorities say he committed the attack in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Another person was killed in an attack in May by a motorist near Times Square.
Heavy-duty replacements for the temporary concrete barriers at the locations will begin this month, while the years-long project to install the bollards is expected to begin in March.