Posted on March 16, 2020

Trump Administration to Start $175M, 30-Foot-Tall Border Wall Project in High Traffic Texas Region

Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, March 16, 2020

The Trump administration awarded a $175 million contract to a construction company to build 15 miles of border wall in an area of southeastern Texas where no barrier exists, according to the federal agency overseeing wall projects.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday announced plans to install four noncontiguous sections of 30-foot-tall barriers in Starr County, Texas, which is located in the Rio Grande Valley region. {snip}

The forthcoming wall construction will start this year “pending availability of real estate, in locations where no barriers currently exist,” CBP said in a media release. A 30-foot steel bollard wall will go up within Escobares, La Grullas, Rio Grande City, Roma, and Salineno. The slatted style of fence allows Border Patrol agents to see through to the other side and has been used in other border projects.

The $175,577,000 price tag includes paved roads, lighting, cameras, and other technology that CBP did not specify. The money for the project is from congressional funding in the government’s 2018 and 2019 budgets.