Those looking to go for a stroll on top of the newly resurfaced hurricane barrier in New Bedford's South End should do so at their own risk.

DPI Commissioner Ron Labelle tells WBSM News while the majority of the concrete has been poured and is safe for walking, it's still technically a construction site.

Labelle says the original plans for the walkway include handrails. He says that portion of the project will go out to bid within the next week, with 42-inch railings installed along both sides of the entire length of the walkway by early winter at the latest.

A man was seriously injured while trying to climb down the side of the barrier while intoxicated Monday afternoon.