Four Companies to build concrete prototypes according to the Washington Post.
Construction of four prototypes will take place in San Diego for the “big beautiful wall” stretching along the 2,000 mile U.S. Mexico border.
“Today we mark a significant milestone” said Ronald Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border. This is the use of the resources we had available for this year.”
Congress has set aside $20 million in the current budget to build the prototypes but has not appropriated any other money for the wall. Each of the four contracts is worth between $400,000 and $500,000, Vitiello said.
The companies chosen for the concrete protypes were Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Sand and Gravel/DBA Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona, Texas Sterling Construction in Houston, TX and W.G. Yates and Sons Construction in Philadelphia, Miss.
Vitiello said the agency expects to award up to four more contracts for non-concrete prototypes next week.
Construction on the concrete protypes is expected to begin in two weeks, and should be completed this fall within 30 days after breaking ground. The protypes will be 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high and will be located near one another, he said. They will act as a secondary barrier in a border enforcement zone that already has a fence.
Department of Homeland Security officials will spend 30 to 60 days using small hand tools to test the protypes’ resistance to tampering and penetration, Vitiello said.
Officials will consider aesthetics as well as anti-climb features and how to complement the physical barrier with technology
“We are not just asking for a physical structure,” Vitiello said. “We’re asking for all the tools that help secure the border.”
The administration was originally expected to announce its decision in June, but the contracting process was delayed after protests from two companies that had not made the list of finalists.
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