PROGRESO, Texas – Preparations for border wall construction begin between Hidalgo and Cameron county. The Department of Homeland Security is funding 13 miles of border wall near Progreso.
That project has begun between the Donna and Hidalgo Ports of Entry. Border Patrol tells Local 23 the wall will help minimize the traffic flow in one of the busiest sections in the Rio Grande Valley for illegal crossings.
Carmen Qualia, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent, “This historically is a busy area and the wall system that is designed for this area is a solution that we feel is needed.”
For years, agents haven’t been able to patrol this area laterally due to the lack of infrastructure. Agents say the new wall system will allow them to enter the area and move from place to place quicker.
Asst. Chief Qualia, “The leadership here in Weslaco AOR (Area of Responsibility) determine that this is what they need in order to obtain operational control.”
The levee wall system is being built in Progreso between Hidalgo and Cameron County lines and is funded by fiscal year 2018 appropriations from the Department of Homeland Security.
“It includes an actually levee wall system it will be approximately 30 feet high with a boulder system. It also has an enforcement zone and it will come with a technology package that assists with surveillance and detection of illegal crossings.” said Qualia.
The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2020. This project is only 13 of the 25 miles approved. Border Patrol says the next project is set to begin in Starr county. No word on the start date.