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Fixed bollards, nighttime controls for Ketagalan Blvd

Staff writer, with CNA

The Presidential Office said it reached a consensus with the authorities concerned on Monday on a plan to impose late-night traffic control measures on a section of Ketagalan Boulevard facing the Presidential Office Building.

Under the plan, a part of the 460m boulevard, from Huaining Street to Chongqing S Road, will be closed nightly from 11pm to 6am.

The proposal was made by the Taipei City Government, city spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) said.

The city government thanked the Presidential Office for accepting its proposal, Chang added.

The proposal calls for two rows of fixed rising bollards to be installed on Chongqing S Road and Huaining Street to prevent vehicles from coming near the Presidential Office Building.

Details of the traffic control plan, including the number of lanes to be closed off overnight and the date the measures will be implemented, still have to be discussed, Chang said.

The Presidential Office, security and city officials have been looking for ways to beef up security around the building since Chang Te-cheng (張德正) allegedly ran his 35-tonne vehicle past security barriers and up the front steps of the Presidential Office Building on Jan. 25 before being stopped when a guard deployed a bulletproof gate.

Chang Te-cheng was indicted on Thursday last week for attempted murder and four other charges.

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