White House sidewalk to be closed to public permanently

The original South Lawn security fencing is seen at the White House in Washingt

The original South Lawn security fencing is seen at the White House in Washingt

The sidewalk bordering the South Lawn will be barred from tourists and passerby.

The Secret Service is enlarging the protective bulwark around the White House complex Wednesday by closing access to the entire fence-line along the mansion's south lawn in the wake of persistent concerns about intrusions.

The US Secret Service banned the public from a sidewalk along the south fence of the White House Wednesday night to boost security, a new report said Thursday.

While there may be no specific threat, a man was able to jump the fence last month and wander around the White House grounds for 17 minutes before being caught.

"The Secret Service must continually evaluate security protocols and continually balance the security of our protected persons and facilities with the public's ability to access them", said Communications Director Cathy Milhoan in a statement.

Officials said blocking-off the pavement will not obstruct the public's ability to view or photograph the White House and its grounds and said no additional "physical" barriers would be installed.

A higher fence around the White House was approved earlier this year, Milhoan said; the project will go out to bid later this year, and construction is slated to begin next year.

FILE - In this October 3, 2014 file photo, two women lean against a temporary barrier along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington.

No more chilling on the sidewalk outside Trump's house, the Secret Service says. It has also announced plans for a taller and stronger fence.

A week later the bike racks were breached in another incident, though the intruder did not make it to the actual White House fence.

Currently, the sidewalk is closed from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.

The goal is to create a buffer zone like the one at Pennsylvania Avenue.

It may become a bit more hard to snap a ideal selfie of yourself on the southern sidewalk near the White House.

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