BORDER WALL CONSTRUCTION STARTS, FIRST PANELS GO UP
On June 27, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began panel installation for approximately 11 miles of new border wall system in place of dilapidated and outdated designs in Calexico, California within U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector.
This project will include the construction of 30 foot tall steel bollards and technology improvements.
The construction start for this project was in conjunction with the new border wall project in Tecate, California. Construction for both of these projects, which total approximately 15 miles is anticipated to continue into 2020.
A contract has been awarded to SLSCO Ltd for approximately $127 million to construct approximately 15 miles of the new border wall system.
The San Diego and Calexico Sectors are areas of high illegal entry and are experiencing large numbers of individuals and narcotics being smuggled into the country illegally. The construction of border infrastructure within these project areas will support Homeland Securities ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 – also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements – taking steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve operational control of the southern border.