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Concrete barriers being removed at Arch

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Construction workers cover newly installed steel posts on the grounds of the Gateway Arch. (UPI file Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Crews are lifting away concrete barriers that have surrounded the grounds of the Gateway Arch for more than a year.

The barriers aren't needed any more because workers have finished the first phaste of installing steel posts, or bollards, that will street-side of the Arch perimeter.

The waist-high posts are three feet apart, allowing easier pedestrian flow, while still protecting the Arch from truck bombs.

Officials are counting on the the steep hill facing the Mississippi River as a deterrent to threats that might come from the water.

The $2 million project is being paid for with federal money and is expected to be complete by June 15th.

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