With thousands of visitors every day, the Boardwalk along the Embarcadero is a possible target for a terror attack like the one in Barcelona, where a truck drove into a crowd of people. But anti-terror measures are already in place.
Harbor Police Captain Jose J. Cuervo walks 10News Reporter Jared Aarons through the safety measures already in place along the Embarcadero to protect against a terror attack using a car or truck.
The Port of San Diego uses a process called "Target Hardening" to upgrade any areas that could be susceptible to terror attacks. Any time something is built, replaced or rennovated along the Embarcadero, they look for ways to make it more secure and less of a target.
These wooden rail beams are bigger than railroad ties, making them more difficult to drive a car over or through. Several of them line the walkways.
Instead of the old, wooden planter boxes, trees are now put in concrete boxes that double as protection for pedestrians on the boardwalk.
The light poles (right of screen) are made out of concrete instead of metal or wood. That makes them more durable and more able to withstand an attack.
Rather than flat landscaping, the Embarcadero has rolling grassy hills covered in trees. The terrain can slow down or stop a car that comes off the adjacent road.
Concrete tables and stools were installed instead of wooden benches. In addition to being a great place to rest or eat, they act as barriers against cars.
Close up shot of the concrete tables and stools.
Other concrete structures, from small pillars along the sidewalk to trash can holders, prevent cars from getting onto the boardwalk.