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Boston officials announce improved Marathon safety plans

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Boston city officials have announced improved public safety measures for the final two miles of the world's oldest marathon, a year after two explosions near the finish line killed three people and wounded 260 others.

Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans on Saturday said more uniformed and undercover police officers will be deployed along the marathon route and checkpoints will be installed in the area of Boylston St. and in other areas.

"You're going to see some uniform presence out there and we're going to really increase the undercover officers working in and among the crowd at Copley and along the route," said Evans.

Authorities also have installed more than 100 cameras along the Boston portion of the marathon route, together with 50 observation points that will help to monitor the crowd.

Thirteen ambulances will be deployed along the Boston portion of the marathon, together with 140 emergency medical service workers on foot patrol, bicycles, utility vehicles and in medical tents.

The changes aren't all about security. City officials expect a larger than usual crowd this year, so traffic will be closed on Newbury St. to allow for an easier flow of foot traffic.

There will also be trauma counselors at a church near Copley Square the day of the race.

Overall, it's about getting everyone to enjoy the marathon despite the updated security measures, and to make it the same as it always has been.

"Our goal for the marathon is for everyone to enjoy the marathon," Mayor Walsh said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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