Workers begin installing barriers to protect pedestrians along Las Vegas Boulevard
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
As the added safety measures for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon are being taken down along the Las Vegas Strip, crews are adding new permanent steel bollards. The bollards are being installed along the east sidewalk on Las Vegas Boulevard between Harmon and Tropicana over the next several weeks.
The bollards are designed to prevent the sort of attack that happened in New York City in October which left eight people dead.
A similar incident occurred in Las Vegas at the end of 2015, when a woman intentionally drove onto the sidewalk and hit 37 pedestrians, killing one.
Almost two years after the 2015 crash, there still are no barriers preventing pedestrians from being hit by cars, but the city is changing that.
The new bollards are designed to stop any drivers who wish to use their vehicles as weapons and drive up onto the sidewalk. The department of public works says the bollards are designed to stop a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling up to 50 miles per hour.
The current installation will protect the sidewalks on Las Vegas Boulevard from Harmon Avenue to Tropicana Avenue. But the plan is to place 700 such of the bollards all the way down the strip by New Year’s Eve.