New fence will enclose Ohio Statehouse on 3 sides

5:24 AM, Jul 24, 2012   |    comments
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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

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