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$491 Million in Border Wall Contracts Awarded

Monday, November 26, 2018

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On the heels of a border wall contract awarded earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the award of two more contracts: $324 million to Barnard Construction Co. for the construction of 32 miles of primary pedestrian replacement wall in Arizona, and another to a company already working on another section of border wall.

With the award earlier this month of a $145 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. and another awarded to the same company totaling $167 million, border wall spending for November now stands at $636 million.

Border Wall History

In September 2017, the first border wall contracts were awarded to four different companies to develop prototypes that would work in conjunction with the border in the San Diego area. In January of this year, U.S. special forces spent weeks attempting to breach the eight prototype models of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, and the test walls held up to tests with jackhammers, torches and climbing tools.

Since then, the government has worked to speed up the project. In March, Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled that the Department of Homeland Security was not overstepping its bounds by expediting border wall construction and waiving environmental rules in the process. The suit had threatened to stall work in Calexico, where a stretch of fence is being replaced, and to delay the larger border-wall project.

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On the heels of a border wall contract awarded earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the award of two more contracts: $324 million to Barnard Construction Co. for the construction of 32 miles of primary pedestrian replacement wall in Arizona, and another to a company already working on another section of border wall.

In October, Homeland Security announced that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas in Texas would be waived, drawing ire from environmentalists and private property owners alike. The announcement, made Oct. 10 on the Federal Register, detailed exemptions in Cameron County; another announcement made the following day detailed similar measures for Hidalgo County. 

More Contracts Awarded

Most recently, SLSCO was awarded the $167 million contract to build an additional eight miles of a levee wall system in the Rio Grand Valley sector. The project consists of five sectors segments located south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes, Texas—all of which are within Hidalgo County. The border wall will be composed of a reinforced concrete levee wall to match the height of the existing levee, 18-foot-tall steel bollards mounted on top of the structure and vegetation removal along the enforcement zone. Construction is anticipated to begin in February 2019.

Barnard Construction Co. will spearhead building 32 miles of primary pedestrian replacement wall in Yuma and Tucson, Arizona. The base contract was worth $172 million for approximately 14 miles in Yuma, but with additions, it weighed in at roughly $324 million. The project includes “the construction and installation of upgraded tactical infrastructure including approximately five miles in Lukeville, Arizona, and approximately 27 miles in Yuma, Arizona,” according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Construction is slated to begin April of next year.

   

Tagged categories: Contract awards; Government; Government contracts; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management

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