The first bollard safety posts are being installed along the southern part of the Las Vegas Strip. Work began just after midnight Monday morning and is expected to take months to complete.
Clark County crews had been preparing the installation for several weeks, identifying locations and digging holes. For the first time, visitors will start seeing those posts in dozens of areas.
Phase one of the plan calls for 800 bollards to be installed between Tropicana Avenue and Spring Mountain Road by New Year’s Eve. Another 7,500 bollards will be installed from Sahara to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in 2018.
Bollards are short, thick posts designed to block a vehicle from driving into an area where pedestrians are present. County staff has said the steel posts are strong enough to stop a flatbed truck traveling at 55 mph. They were ordered following a series of high profile accidents and attacks involving people driving cars and trucks into crowds around the world.
In December of 2015, police say Lakeisha Holloway drove onto a sidewalk and intentionally hit people on the Las Vegas Strip. She faces 71 felony count when her trial begins next year.
On Halloween, a man drove a rented work truck onto a bicycle path in New York, killing eight people before being shot and wounded by police.
Such cases have highlighted the need to build a safety barrier between pedestrians and vehicles.
“I cannot stress… how important it is to get these 7,500 bollards installed as quickly as we possibly can,” said Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak las month. “Because I know we’re going to open up a newspaper in another week or month, and somewhere in the world, someone is going to [hit people with a vehicle] again.”
Work will continue on the bollard installation each weekday morning from midnight to 11 a.m.