Safety poles now being installed in Old Town Clovis

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New safety measures are in the works in Old Town Clovis. 

On Monday, crews began installing safety poles at 3rd and Pollasky. The city is the first in Fresno County to make the move. 

The stainless steel barriers can be lifted up from the ground anytime but they’ll be used during the Farmer’s Market and other events that attract large crowds. They will serve as a barrier and protect pedestrians from cars. 

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Wanda Leon, Owner of Fifth Street Antiques in Old Town Clovis. 

The poles will soon go up outside her shop. 

“I think it’s important that the city is being forward-thinking and protecting our events and our people,” Leon explained. 

Besides being lined with shops and restaurants, Pollasky Avenue is also home to a slew of other outdoor events and that means crowds. 

With its sights on the hundreds of thousands of pedestrians– over the next few weeks, the city is installing a total of 47 bollards. 

“The number one reason is safety,” said Nick Torstensen, Supervising Civil Engineer for the City of Clovis. 

The spots were picked by the city and police:

  • South of 3rd Street and Pollasky
  • 5th Street and Pollasky
  • 4th Street, inside the alleys

“In the areas we thought would create the safest environment and protect it from vehicles traveling through,” Torstensen said.

The poles can be popped up and used as needed. 

“We have done other things in the past such as bring school buses in to block intersections during the Clovis parades another big events down here,” said Sgt. Munro of Clovis PD. “It’s really a peace of mind to tell you the truth.” 

“Also from purely a traffic standpoint when we’re having an event, people being able to you know, enter areas- I think it will solve a lot of problems and it’ll be good,” Leon concluded.

The city says the project cost around $250,000.

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