Structures related to law enforcement have faced increased threats in recent years across the country and that’s one reason that the Guilford County jail in downtown Greensboro is adding a new line of protection, putting in concrete barriers to keep threats to the jail and the people inside at a distance.

“The bollards would prevent anyone from driving through the entrance,” said Bria Evans, the spokeswoman for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department, the department that oversees and runs the county’s two jails. “They are concrete pillars to serve as a preventative measure.”

In a request for proposals sent out on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Guilford County Purchasing Department announced the plans to install the six bollards – solid post or pillars – at the entrance of the Guilford County jail at 201 S. Edgeworth St. in downtown Greensboro.  Those structures will prevent anyone from, say, driving through the entrance with a car full of explosives or standing by for a getaway in a jail break – as well as avoiding other threats to law enforcement officers and others at the jail in Greensboro.

Guilford County is accepting bids for the project at the county’s Greene Street Building, at 201 S. Greene St. –  Suite 072 – in Greensboro, until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

A non-mandatory pre-proposal ZoomGov meeting is being held by the county on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

A non-mandatory site walkthrough will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m.

Those interested should plan to meet outside the front entrance of the jail at that time.

Bidding documents, drawing, and specifications are available for viewing on Guilford County’s Vendor Self Service automated bidding system at

Respondents and subcontractors must be licensed in North Carolina to perform the required work.

Guilford County always attempts to get as much participation for minority-owned and women-owned businesses as possible, and this project is no exception.