Biden's Big Security Upgrade

Fenty probably won't challenge this fence

By John Wist
|  Monday, Sep 27, 2010  |  Updated 8:00 AM EDT
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Biden's Big Security Upgrade

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Vice President Dick Cheney will sit down with veep-elect Joe Biden at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

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Maybe mayoral candidate Vincent Gray should move onto government property so he can put up a fence as high as he wants.

Vice President Joe Biden's residence is getting a new fence, and the 10-foot high specs aren’t ruffling any feathers.

The Washington Examiner reports that the Navy plans to put up a 1,600-foot long, 10-foot high security fence and more security checkpoints around Biden’s home at the Naval Observatory in northwest Washington.

Navy planning documents report that the upgrades will also include, “two new guard houses, four new gates, five new wedge vehicle barriers, and one relocated guard house.” The projects cost is estimated at $1.7 million, part of which will be put up by the Secret Service, according to the Examiner.

“These enhancements are routine, they’re not in response to any specific incident or intelligence,” Secret Service agent Edwin Donovan told the Examiner. “We continue to evaluate the measures that we require to provide a secure environment.”

The Naval Observatory is on the National Register of Historic Places, but planning documents say the new fence was designed to have little effect on the property.

The country's vice president has lived on the grounds of the Naval Observatory since 1974.

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