The project, which was part of a wider citywide security investment, included the installation of 22 Matador’s to secure several intersections within the French Quarter which hosts events such as New Orleans famous Mardi Gras. To keep the aesthetics of the surrounding area, the bollards were customized with black matte coverings.
The Matador bollards replaced temporary measures used by the City, which included movable police bollards. The bollards go up nightly in keeping with city rules that close off stretches of the popular French Quarter areas exclusive to pedestrians. Otherwise, they will only be used to block intersections either by a city ordinance or during special events.