NewsPope Francis Visit Pope Francis' visit to NYC by the numbers Police officers stand next to a truck filled with ballast blocking off a street near St Patrick's Cathedral ahead of a visit by Pope Francis on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Carl Court By ALISON FOX | firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Updated September 24, 2015 8:07 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email The NYPD detailed on Thursday what goes into preparing for and hosting Pope Francis' visit to the city: The police are using 24,500 barriers totaling about 37 miles. Additionally, 1,200 traffic cones are being used. Pope Francis will spend 39 hours, 40 minutes in New York City and will cover 54 miles on the ground here. He will be 4,270 miles from his home in Vatican City (the distance to JFK). There are 220 different motorcades in the city between the pope and the United Nations General Assembly. The NYPD will use 43 sand trucks when Pope Francis makes his way through Central Park. There will be 409 pieces of concrete block used as well, with each block weighing 3,900 pounds, totaling 818 tons. Pope Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict, spent 58 hours and 45 minutes in New York during his three-day visit in 2008. The visit cost $6,584,637. Pope John Paul II visited for five days in 1995, which cost the city $4,401,714. By ALISON FOX | email@example.com @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.