June 8 - June 12, 2020

In May, President Donald J. Trump officially gave the order to senior adviser Jared Kushner and associated aides to seek cost estimates for coating the United States-Mexico border wall. Do you think coating the wall will be a benefit to the infrastructure?


Answers Votes
Yes. 51%
No. 42%
Other (Please respond in the comments). 7%


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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Construction; Contractors; Contracts; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Government; Government contracts; Infrastructure; Latin America; North America; Ongoing projects; President Trump; Protective coatings; Z-Continents

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (6/8/2020, 11:11 AM)

Depending on the material of the wall and coating selected, I can certainly see it being a benefit....but maintenance could be an issue. If the system is designed to be coated and you cannot do maintenance (for any number of reasons, including that one side is in another country), then the coating system could become a liability in the future as it fails.


Comment from Michael Beitzel, (6/8/2020, 12:44 PM)

Portions of the wall near the seacoast in California and near Brownsville Texas may benefit from coating application but the other portions through Arizona , New Mexico and central and west Texas would have corrosion rates are so low that a cost benfit analysis would prove it not economical.


Comment from T W, (6/9/2020, 7:30 AM)

Hell yes, COAT THAT WALL!


Comment from Austin Quinn, (6/9/2020, 10:18 AM)

I dont know how Im gonna stay in business without illegal migrant workers.


Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (6/10/2020, 8:47 AM)

It's supposed to be using weathering steel, so painting it anywhere other than right on the coast will be a waste of time and resources.


Comment from Andrew Piedl, (6/10/2020, 9:15 AM)

It's absurd to refer to this political folly as 'infrastructure'.


Comment from Gary Siler, (6/11/2020, 8:43 AM)

Before granting contracts for the design and construction, the Trump administration should have consulted with true, non-government-tethered materials engineers on the steel selection. Given that one would want an low- to no-maintenance material for a long-life system, perhaps selecting a COR-TEN steel would have been a wise choice. Although the USACE has many good engineers, I'd prefer to see the decision of the system design to non-government professionals, because let's face it - the government never gets the top folks on the federal payroll. I've seen this fact proven time and again when providing services to government-controlled sites, like DoE facilities.


Comment from Jon Cavallo, (6/11/2020, 10:36 AM)

It would be like putting lipstick on a pig...


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