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The fence around the White House could undergo a dramatic change with a proposal to double its height and deter jumpers from reaching its grounds.
The proposal, from the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service, would heighten the fence from about seven feet to nearly 14 feet. Nicole Mainor, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said plans include installing a new fence that promises to be “tougher, taller and stronger.”
Officials of the two agencies presented their initial concepts last week to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The changes would require the approval of the Fine Arts Commission and the National Capital Planning Commission.
The initial reaction from the Fine Arts Commission was that members were pleased with the proposal but want to look at the design, the street view and the historical context, said Thomas E. Luebke, secretary of the Fine Arts Commission.
“It would be a big change in scale, for sure,” he said. “It practically doubles the size. The big question is, how will it look?’ You have to consider how far can you push security and have it look good.”
Officials stressed that any changes are far off and construction would not likely start until 2018. No decisions are expected until summer or early fall.
The proposal also calls for putting security sensors along parts of the new fence and increasing the height of the gate where vehicles enter the White House grounds from 8 feet to about 13 feet.
The new fence would have “anti-climb and intrusion detection technology, while respecting the historical significance and visitor experience at the White House,” according to a joint statement by the Park Service and the Secret Service.
Mainor said she couldn’t elaborate on the “anti-climbing” features but said the fence will be “designed to keep people from climbing” it…(read more)
Source: The Washington Post