Arsenal workers protect White House

Published 07/01 2015 03:48PM

Updated 07/01 2015 03:48PM

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A Rock Island Arsenal project to protect the President entered its final phase today.

Wednesday morning the U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service began installing a temporary anti-climb feature to the White House's fence.

The feature was made at the Rock Island Arsenal's Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.  It consists of sections of sharply pointed steel spikes that will be bolted onto the existing fence.

The project is expected to take about six weeks.

The anti-climb feature will be temporary while various federal agencies work to develop a long-term design that is expected to begin construction in 2016.

Personnel from JMTC are in Washington, D.C. to assist with the installation.

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