NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans is a tourism hub where visitors come and check out the French Quarter and one hot spot that visitors go is Bourbon Street.
To make sure people are safe, the city installed movable protective barriers called bollards to keep vehicles out when streets are closed for pedestrians.
"I had a friend who was in an accident last Mardi Gras here and I feel like this will keep people safe," visitor Tyler Andrews said.
"I think it's a good idea especially for pedestrians and things like that to keep people safe and everything and keep traffic off the roads,” tourist Lisa Ledbetter said.
The bollards are a part of Mayor Landrieu’s $40 million security plan to protect crowds on Bourbon Street. It comes after several terror attacks where perpetrators used vehicles to target large groups of people.
“This allows us, with permanent installation, to be able to utilize our temporary resources to move and expand out that protection area, as we go through events like French Quarter festival as we go through Mardi Gras throughout the French Quarter and throughout the city," Aaron Miller, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said.
Tourists say the barriers are an easy way to make them feel safer.
"I don't see having a downside to having them there. It's really good for protection with people walking around all it would be is for protection, I don't see any downside to it," Kaylee Cooper, from Dallas, said.
The bollards will be installed in the 200-600 blocks of Bourbon Street once the construction on the street is complete.
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