COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Officials are reaching back to the 19th century for a new security fence at the Ohio Statehouse.
A state board on Monday approved the purchase of 1,000 feet of black powder-coated metal fencing that matches the fence that surrounded the Statehouse from 1873 to 1964.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that the 42-inch-high fence will be installed on three sides of the Statehouse to help with security.
Capitol Square spokesman Gregg Dodd said the state now rents special fencing several times a year to provide crowd control and security checkpoints for special events.
The fence will be mounted atop a stone retaining wall that surrounds most of Capitol Square. It's costing taxpayers $378,000.
The Associated Press