(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - Pedestrian safety on the Ocean City boardwalk will soon be improved as additions are made at its entry points. That's because a project to install permanent barriers along the boardwalk is seeing some progress. This project is an effort to improve pedestrian safety, but it's also an effort to keep unauthorized vehicles off the boardwalk.
Bollards, or large pipes, have already been installed in some locations like Fourth Street. The bollards will receive a decorative cover. Permanent barriers will be installed at 26 locations, including the inlet lot. Some of those locations will get bollards and others will get gates.
Visitors, like Chris Arena of Pennsylvania, say the barriers make them feel safer. "We're out in the open, so it's not like I can just go to the side if they want to come," he says.
Arena adds that in addition to the barriers, monitoring everything will also be helpful.
The goal is to have all the barriers installed by Memorial Day Weekend.