New security measures in place at the State Capitol

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New security measures in place at the State Capitol

Posted 3:47 PM Thursday, November 10, 2022

TOM LATEC

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More new security measures can now be seen at the State Capitol, which have been implemented in accordance with recommendations from the Kentucky State Police and federal security partners.

Last fall, you may recall that bollards were placed on the Capitol Loop, closing the portion of road that connects the Capitol and the Capitol Annex to vehicular traffic, from the Flower Clock to the rose garden. In protest, one lawmaker, Senator John Schickel, R-Union, introduced a resolution during this year’s regular session to have the bollards removed and the road reopened, but the measure never made the le subject to a vote in the Senate.

The bollards were the first phase of the safety improvement project.

In the second phase, prefabricated bollards, planters and barriers were installed on the lawn between the Capitol and the Capitol Annex. Jill Midkiff of the Cabinet of Finance and Administration says these new parts, like the bollards, can be removed to allow access to emergency vehicles or heavy equipment needed to perform construction or maintenance work. repair on the grounds of the Capitol. Beautification of the area will include seasonal plantings by the Landscaping Branch.

The total cost of the concrete planters, barriers and bollards was $58,050, which was purchased from a local precast supplier, according to Midkiff. The cost of hiring the crane to put the concrete in place was $2,775.

“Making the area between the Capitol Flower Clock and the Capitol Rose Garden accessible only to foot traffic provides a large pedestrian-friendly zone that will protect visitors and employees from the risk of being struck by a vehicle,” said Midkiff. . “The rest of Capital Avenue will continue to be open to vehicular traffic.”

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