Construction of 13 miles of levee wall along the Rio Grande will begin as early as today, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The levee wall system will be built on federal land west of Green Road southwest of Mission, adjacent to the Mission Main Canal. CBP says it will proceed with construction as real estate becomes available in the area.

Construction will not take place at Bentsen State Park or the National Butterfly Center.

This is the third levee wall project to begin in the Rio Grande Valley. In October, CBP awarded a $145 million contract for six miles of levee wall in an unspecified area of Hidalgo County. In November, CBP awarded a $167 million contract to build eight miles of levee wall south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes.