Roadblock Devices Aimed At Preventing Bourbon St. Terrorism

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It's the latest effort to make sure the crowds that stroll New Orleans' famous Bourbon Street are protected from terrorism.

City officials on Friday showed reporters the first in a system of road-blocking bollards installed to prevent would-be terrorists from driving into crowds. The cylindrical structures, roughly three-feet high, are permanent, but they are installed on tracks so they can be moved aside when Bourbon Street is open to traffic.

Aaron Miller, the city's homeland security director, said the bollards will be in place at night, when sections of the street of restaurants and bars are open to pedestrians only. They also will be used to block the street during events like Mardi Gras, which draws large crowds.

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The installation is part of a $40 million safety plan.

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