Secret Service Will Block Sidewalk on White House's South Fence

Secret Service Will Block Sidewalk on White House's South Fence

The decision to close the sidewalk comes after an incident in March where a man scaled a fence and was on White House property for 16 minutes before being detained, among other recent incidents.

Just over a week later, another man jumped the protective bicycle rack barrier at the northern side of the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. Former President Barack Obama had his fair share of fence-jumpers, too.

A uniformed Secret Service agent walks in front of a patrol auto September 24, 2014, as tourists view the White House from a second security fence.

They include sidewalks, roadways and parkland areas between the south fence of the White House and E Street NW between West Executive Avenue and East Executive Avenue.

The new restrictions went into place at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 and are part of what the Secret Service calls an ongoing comprehensive review of temporary and permanent security measures.

Less than a week later, a woman was arrested after she got her shoelaces tangled after trying to jump the White House fence. Questions about why the man was able to remain on the property for so long fueled criticism of the long-embattled Secret Service. It has also announced plans for a taller and stronger fence.

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The blocking of the sidewalk will not obstruct the public's ability to view the White House and no additional "physical" barriers will be installed, according to the Reuters report.

On the map below, the upper arc represents the old fence line; the lower arc represents the new boundary for the public.

Visitors can still get themselves into the photo frame with the White House in the background from Lafayette Park across the street, but it won't be same as leaning against the White House fence, within hailing distance of the President.

A new director has not yet been named.

"From a security standpoint, it can be seen as a vulnerable area, " Milhoan said.

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