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Defense Department Awards Nearly $1 Billion for Border Wall


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Tuesday, the Defense Department announced it has awarded contracts to two construction companies to begin building sections of the border wall between along the southern US border.

Contracts were awarded to SLSCO, Ltd. of Galveston, TX ($789 million), and Barnard Construction Co. Inc. of Bozeman, MT ($187 million). Work will begin soon in Yuma, AZ, and Santa Teresa, NM, and is expected to be completed by fall 2020.

This is the first new construction of border walls since President Trump took office in 2017. It will involve installation of tactical infrastructure, including new levees topped with 18-food steel bollards. The contracts also call for the removal of vegetation within 150 feet of the wall, for what is termed an “enforcement zone.” Next to the wall will be an all-weather patrol road. Surveillance equipment and lighting are included in the plans.

Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said the projects will add about 46 miles of 30 foot wall in the El Paso sector. In addition, 11 miles of 18 foot steel bollard fencing will be added in the Yuma sector. Both fences will be equipped with 5 foot anti-climb plates.

Funds for the two fences were separate from the $3.6 billion in military construction funds re-allocated for the wall.

Sarah Morton

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