Gay Village business owners welcome anti-terror measures on Ste. Catherine St.

The police anti-terrorism unit accompanied construction workers Thursday morning to strategically place blocks at the entrance to Ste. Catherine St. in the Gay Village to prevent vehicles from entering.

The pedestrian zone is well-known for the colorful strings of balls that hover above the street. But in the wake of attacks using trucks in Toronto and other places, authorities and businesspeople want to make sure there's no possibility of that happening here.

Local business employees like Michael Lachance bartender at Bar Rocky say they notice security is tighter than ever.

"More than the other years before," he says. "More cadets more police officers they're running with bikes they walk all along Ste. Catherine St."

He says he's glad for the increased security after the shock of recent the Toronto attack.

"With customers there's more insecurity because it's more close to us, it feels pretty scary."

The city is following a plan released last summer to better protect Montrealers from terrorist attacks.