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Steel posts installed along Las Vegas Strip sidewalks for pedestrian safety

Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 21:37:24-05

Wednesday marks two years since a woman is accused of driving into crowds of people on the Las Vegas Strip.

One person died, dozens were injured after police say Lakeisha Holloway intentionally drove onto the sidewalk in front of Planet Hollywood. 

Clark County is making sure that won't happen again.

If you've been on the strip lately, you might have noticed about 800 steel posts called 'bollards' installed along Las Vegas Boulevard.

The bollards are put in place to keep cars off the sidewalk -- away from pedestrians.

Katie Arndt is visiting from Chicago. She says, "I haven't noticed any of those pillars out so it's a really good idea."

For weeks crews were working day and night to put the bollards up.

"I think every big city and big tourist attraction should have something like that because the world is kinda messed up now. It's good to feel a little safer," says Ryan Olson of Chicago.

Clark County Commission Chair, Steve Sisolak says this is just phase one of the Las Vegas Strip pedestrian safety project.

There's more work to be done.

"We've got a significant road in front of us with another 7 to 8 thousand bollards that will eventually be installed from Russel all the way down to Sahara," says Sisolak.

The county is also discussing other means on how to keep people on the strip safe especially this holiday season.

"Security and safety of our visitors is of utmost importance to us. We'll make that our number one priority moving forward."