Moving to increase security and protect pedestrians along terminal roadways, Los Angeles International Airport will soon have several thousand security bollards throughout the Central Terminal Area after the Board of Airport Commissioners awarded a contract Thursday for their installation.
The bollards — posts installed to manage traffic flow — will be installed in the coming months to enhance airport security by providing a permanent separation between the roadway and pedestrian pathways.
They will replace K-rails temporarily installed this past holiday season, LAX said.
While there was no official mention of terrorism with the new installations, a number of deadly terrorist attacks around the world have included vehicles being used to kill pedestrians.
“At Los Angeles World Airports, we are focused on maintaining the highest standards of safety and security, and Thursday’s board action reflects that,” Board of Airport Commissioners Sean Burton said. “Whether through the implementation of new technology, strategic deployment of resources, or investment in our security infrastructure, we will continue to find new ways to enhance the safety of all those who come to and through our airports.”
LAWA will install 2,200 bollards throughout both the Upper/Departures and Lower/Arrivals levels of LAX, as well as in pedestrian islands serving ground transportation services. The airport installed 187 last year on the Upper/Departures level.
The contract for the installation was awarded to Hensel Phelps Construction Company for a total of $29.3 million.
“The installation of these bollards is part of our continuing commitment to ensuring the safety of travelers, employees, and everyone who comes to LAX,” said Patrick M. Gannon, deputy executive director of security and public safety for Los Angeles World Airports. “Thursday’s action by the Board of Airport Commissioners will allow us to install 2,200 new bollards throughout the terminal, protecting pedestrians and increasing the security of our airport.”
–City News Service
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