FIRST Border Wall Contract Awarded – Wall Project Underway in Calexico
The Trump administration awarded its first wall construction contract recently to SWF Constructors of Omaha, Nebraska.
SWF won the contract for the $18 million wall replacement project in Calexico.
The workers will replace a 1990s fence with a new 30-foot wall.
Here is video from last year of Mexicans jumping the old shorter wall into Calexico.
Legal Insurrection has more on the project.
The San Diego Union Tribune reported:
The federal government began work Wednesday to replace a section of border wall in California, the first wall contract awarded in the Trump administration outside of eight prototypes that were built last year in San Diego.
Customs and Border Protection is replacing a little more than two miles in downtown Calexico, a sliver of the president’s plan for a “big, beautiful wall” with Mexico. A barrier built in the 1990s from recycled metal scraps and landing mat will be torn down for bollard-style posts that are 30 feet high, significantly taller than existing walls.
The administration is seeking $18 billion to extend the wall. Efforts to pay for it as part of a broader immigration package that would include granting legal status for people who came to the county as young children failed in the Senate last week.
In November, SWF Constructors of Omaha, Neb., won a contract for $18 million to replace the wall in Calexico, about 120 miles east of San Diego. It encompasses an area bisected by the New River, where smugglers are known to guide people through polluted waters. The project, which includes a bridge over the river, is expected to take 300 days.