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The U.S. Capitol’s Great Wall of Bollards

Bollards are perhaps the only thing more plentiful on Capitol Hill than tourists. The waist-high steel posts installed after 9/11 cost about $7,500 a pop, and reportedly can stop “an eight-ton truck barreling into them at 50 mph.”

The U.S. Capitol’s great wall of bollards was installed over a two-year period starting in October, 2001. The posts were manufactured by the Empire Steel Castings company in Pennsylvania, after the design was approved by the Architect of the Capitol and the Capitol Police.



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