Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

"This is not going to impede the public's ability to take the iconic photo of the White House, " Secret Service spokeswoman Catherine Milhoan told USA Today.

It was the latest in a series of security breaches in recent years and security was bolstered in 2015 with the installation of sharp spikes on top of the iron fence circling the 18-acre property.

There's a plan for a significantly taller fence with "pencil point" anti-climb fixtures, but construction isn't slated to start until next year.

That section of the street has been off-limits from 11:00pm to 6:00am since 2015, but it did not open again Thursday morning once it was shut down for the night on Wednesday.

The United States' Secret Service announced that the sidewalk along the south fence of the White House will permanently be closed to public access, starting Wednesday evening.

The restricted area will include the sidewalks, roadways and parkland areas between the south fence line of the White House and E Street, NW, from West Executive Avenue to East Executive Avenue.

The new restriction won't require building any new physical barriers, Milhoan said.

Secret Service limits sidewalk access south of White House

President Donald Trump was inside the residence at the time of the March 10 incident.

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.

"Restricting public access to the fence line will not only serve to lessen the possibility of individuals illegally accessing the White House grounds", Milhoan told WTOP radio station.

The stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue remains closed to drivers.

Joe Casey, another Secret Service spokesman, said the security changes were part of an "evolving" strategy to better "mitigate potential threats".

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