/US Capitol Fencing Installed After Jan. 6 Set to Come Down
US Capitol Fencing Installed After Jan. 6 Set to Come Down

US Capitol Fencing Installed After Jan. 6 Set to Come Down


US Capitol Fencing Installed After Jan. 6 Set to Come Down

Fencing around the United States Capitol erected following the Jan. 6 insurrection is set to come down, once again opening grounds of the People’s House to the public.
The removal has been scheduled to begin Friday, weather permitting.
By 9:30 a.m., it appeared work had not begun. News4 I-Team reporter Scott MacFarlane walked the perimeter and didn’t see any large removal equipment, contractor crews or other preparations.
Capitol Police have declined to comment.
Once it begins, the take-down process is expected to last about three days.
Immediately after rioters stormed the building six months ago, armed guards and razor wire fencing were put around the Capitol.
Things won’t return exactly how they were before — when most visitors could freely walk around the building. The west side of the Capitol will still be restricted, and security will be elevated.
The Capitol Police Board agreed with U.S. Capitol Police that based on the current threat environment, it was time for the fencing to come down.
Officials are still considering other security options, such as a retractable fence. However, that would be expensive. The Senate is set to consider a $2 billion Capitol security bill next week.
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