65 Miles Of New Border Wall Has Been Contracted For South Texas

United States Border Wall with Mexico
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AUSTIN (KRLD) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded three contracts to construct up to approximately 65 miles of new border wall system within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector located in Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in Texas.

The border wall system will include an 18-30 foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone

The total cost with options could top out as high as $800 million dollars, which works out to $12.5-million per mile.

According to a Press Release from CBP, construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020, pending availability of real estate, and will take place in locations where no barriers currently exist.

These projects are not undertaken pursuant to the National Emergency Declaration, or any other source of funding available to the Department of Defense.