New York City officials on Thursday morning began putting up concrete barriers at access points to the site of Tuesday's terror attack in which eight people were killed, The New York Times reported.
Barriers are going up at 57 intersections at the Hudson River Park bike path, with 31 of those being vehicle access points that service vehicles, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told The Times.
Each intersection will include six jersey barriers — long, heavy concrete slabs that are used to separate traffic lanes. Another 26 pedestrian access points will have two concrete cubes each to protect them, the report said.
While the barriers cause obstructions and cut down on the space available on the bike path, de Blasio spokesman Ben Sarle told The Times that the difference in safety would be worth it.
"After these safety measures are installed, there may be areas at the intersections that will be more narrow than they used to be, but I would trade a little speed for substantially more safety any day," Sarle said.
Vehicles will be able to cross over the bike path area to get to athletic fields, offices, and parking lots along the Hudson River, but they will not be able to drive on the bike path, the report said.
Sarle said that the measures were put in place in consultation with the New York Police Department.
"Our No. 1 priority is keeping New Yorkers safe and secure. Nobody is better at keeping New Yorkers safe and secure,"the spokesman said.
ABC News posted a video on Twitter showing the barriers being installed.
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