Donald Trump is finally building a wall – around the White House! Presidential mansion gets 13-foot & # 39; anti-climb & # 39; fence around the perimeter
- New White House fence becomes 13 feet high with & # 39; anti-climb & # 39; technology
- It is being built after an increase in the number of people scaling up the current fence
- There is a temporary wall around the White House while the new fence is being built
- New fence costs $ 64 million and construction will be completed in 2021
The White House is upgrading the fence around the presidential mansion from the current six-foot version to one that will be 13 feet high with & # 39; anti-climb & # 39; technology.
The improved security measures were approved after a peak in the number of people arrested for attempting to scale up the White House fence.
Construction started around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with parts of the street blocked and a temporary wall in place for the White House while crews build the new fence.
A temporary wall stands in front of the White House while a new fence is being built
Construction has started and will end in 2021
The new fence will surround the 18 hectares around the White House
At five feet higher than the old gate, the new wall is part of a larger plan to improve security around Washington DC, known as the Ellipse, with the White House, the Treasury, the Old Executive Office Building and Lafayette Park
The current metal fence, to which nails have been added after the September 11 terrorist attacks, will be replaced by an 18-inch above-ground stone base at the bottom, with a 10-foot, 7-inch metal fence on top and a single foot-long & # 39; anti-climb & # 39; function at the top.
The new fence costs an estimated $ 64 million and will be approximately 3,500 feet long to surround the 18 acres surrounding the White House.
The fence design was approved in 2017 by both the Commission for Fine Arts and the National Commission for Capital Planning.
The fence will be 3500 feet long and 13 feet high
The top of the new fence will have & # 39; anti-climb & # 39; technology
& # 39; The proposed improvements are intended to meet today's safety standards while at the same time recognizing the historical and symbolic importance of the White House and surrounding grounds, & # 39; report from the committee noted on the new fence.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2021.
President Thomas Jefferson built the first fence around the White House – a wooden version – in 1801, according to the White House Historical Association.
In 1808 he replaced it with a stone wall. In 1833 a heavy wrought iron gate was built to replace the stone wall.
The White House has since surrounded this type of heavy wrought iron in a certain form.
But people have repeatedly tried to climb the fence and enter the White House ground.
A California man with mace was arrested in March 2017 after scaling the fence and coming all the way to the outside of the White House. President Donald Trump was building then.
The design of the new fence was approved in 2017 and is part of the plan to improve safety around the Ellipse area in downtown Washington D.C.
The current fence around the White House will be removed for a new version
And in September 2014, a man named Omar Gonzalez climbed over the north gate and made his way deep into the White House.
He was tackled by an off-duty secret service agent in the East Room and turned out to have a knife in a pocket.
In October 2014 a man named Dominic Adesanya scaled the fence and was knocked down by two dogs of the secret service.
Protests have also increased outside the White House.
Two people were arrested during a burning flag on July 4.
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