First came the security detail and the metal detectors.
Now City Hall is installing another safety measure: sphere-shaped barriers called "bollards" around the building.
The bollards are part of a safety enhancement project designed to protect pedestrian areas around the building, as well as the building itself from vehicle crashes and collisions – as well as from someone trying to drive a bomb-laden vehicle into the landmark that houses city government offices.
Wednesday evening crews from the city's Department of Public Works began installing the barriers. In total, 160 bollards will be put up around the historic building over the next few months at a cost of $129,489. A grant from the Department of Homeland Security is funding the project.
The goal is to increase safety for people who work and visit City Hall departments such as the Buffalo Public Schools and the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
The project is part of the Buffalo Security Advisory Team's plans for improving security in and around the building.
Last July, Mayor Byron W. Brown's administration installed airport-style metal detectors and security guards as part of an effort to prevent a security breach. Visitors are required to go through the screening, but employees are not as long as they have their City Hall identification on them.