U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have awarded three contracts to build about 65 miles of border wall in three Rio Grande Valley counties.
According to CBP, the new construction of the border wall system covered in these contracts is in Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties. The construction is expected to be an “18-30 foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lightning, enforcement cameras, and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone.”
Southern Border Constructors were awarded the contracts for Starr and Hidalgo Counties, a total of 42-miles. The first contract covers 21-miles in Starr County starting west of Falcon Dam Port of Entry, extending east in five segments which will connect to other new segments. The second contract covers 22-miles in Starr and Hidalgo Counties starting east of the Rio Grande City Port of Entry going east in two segments. According to CBP, the total contract values are $257,808,800 and $258,085,400 respectively.
The third contract was awarded to Gibraltar-Caddell Joint Venture for 22-miles in Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. The project will start east of the Pharr Port of Entry and extend east in 12 segments. According to CBP, the total contract value is $296,709,805.
Construction will not take place at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, La Lomita Historical Park, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, within or east of the Vista del Mar Ranch tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, or the National Butterfly Center.