Slsco wins $145m contract to build border wall in Texas

WCN Editorial Team 5 Nov 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

US-based construction firm Slsco has secured a $145m contract from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), for the construction of border wall in Texas.

Under the contract, Slsco will build about six miles of levee wall system in the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector, which was funded in CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation.

The project contract, referred to by CBP as RGV-03, has been awarded to Slsco on 31 October 2018.

The scope of the work includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure including a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18ft tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150ft enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system.

In addition to the detection technology, the enforcement zone will also include lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road parallel to the levee wall.

The project is located within the McAllen Station area of responsibility in Hidalgo County, Texas. Construction on the project is scheduled to commence in February 2019.

The RGV Sector remains an area of high illegal cross-border activity.

In fiscal 2017, USBP detained more than 137,000 illegal aliens, and seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,192 pounds of cocaine in the RGV Sector.

Upon completion, the levee wall system will serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organisations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP.

CBP said that it will continue to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13767 - also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.

It will also take steps to expeditiously plan, design, and construct a physical wall using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.

CBP is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of the nation's borders at and between official ports of entry.

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Image: Slsco to build portion of border wall in Texas. Photo: Courtesy of Jakob Braun on Unsplash.

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