Skip to comments.New border wall project underway in South Texas
Posted on 05/04/2020 4:14:31 PM PDT by BeauBo
(Hidalgo, Texas) Crews from Southwest Valley Constructors Company have already cleared the area and poured concrete for the foundation of the 18-foot-tall metal bollard border wall. They also are shoring up the existing earthen levee, which was originally built by the International Boundary and Water Commission, and atop is where the new border wall is to be built, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told Border Report. However, no border wall bollards have been erected yet.
This 11-mile border wall project consists of three non-contiguous sections and is expected to cost the federal government $304 million when completed. It will include an all-weather road, infra-red cameras and lighting and other sensors, CBP officials said when they first announced this project in August.
Construction began on March 16 the site now is filled with towering cranes and CAT excavators...
This new project is located just south of the Hackney Branch Floodway, a spillway built by IBWC to capture excess water in this flat, flood-prone region. CBP and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been generally following the path of the levees as a map for building a complete border wall through the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas. Their plan is to connect new border wall with sections of the existing border levee wall, which was built under the Secure Fence Act of 2006 under President George W. Bush.
But critics say the levees are set back too far from the Rio Grande which is the actual international boundary line anywhere from a quarter-mile to a mile and a half.
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Boy those Leftists can’t find enough to whine about can they.
The ENTIRE Trump border wall filmed for the first time!
Poor Sandra Sackof$hit needs to get an education and respect the laws of OUR country.
PS - Please remove that awful growth on your chin. You are disgusting enough without it.
You’d think leftist would be happy about America giving up land to anybody.
Just to be safe, we should put a barbed wire fence exactly on the border so no one mistakes where the actual border is.
“we should put a barbed wire fence exactly on the border”
In Texas, it is the middle of the river- but the river shifts over time, and the middle moves as water levels rise and fall.
The view o Amistad is INCORRECT. That is NOT Amistad and there has been very little construction in that area.
This is the damn dam.
I doubt that they reduced the number of gates at the dam by 10.
If that was the case, I would have not lost a family friend Leslie Srnka.
Good video but not accurate. The Del Rio sector is completely missed and inaccurate.
Ann Coulter will greatly appreciate your corrections...
THE WALL IS ESSENTIAL! the pandemic has NOT stopped it.
Just saw,a report on construction in Cali too.
I’m sure they’re celebrating somewhere we can’t see.
Impressive but it is hard to believe it costs nearly $30 million per mile.
There will be more contract awards, and more projects starting, all through the rest of this year. Up to $12 billion dollars might be put on contract this year (twice that of 2017, 2018 and 2019 combined) - like nothing before in the history of the border.
Construction is only going to pick up speed, and spread out to more places, with more crews working simultaneously.
It is going to be glorious!
Maybe this is what you saw - the last panel went into a 15 mile project in El Centro, California on May 1st:
“it is hard to believe it costs nearly $30 million per mile.”
Prices vary widely. 20 miles West of El Paso was done for under $4 million per mile - in flat desert, on Government owned land.
In the Rio Grande Valley, much of the new wall system (like this project), must do double duty as FEMA Hurricane certified flood control levees, with deep and massive foundations. Over 400 privately owned plots of land need to purchased or condemned, and many others need compensation or accommodation (like gates).
Some steep mountainous areas might well be even significantly more expensive than this levee wall system.
Your explanation helps me understand that this 11 mile section of the wall is much more complex from a civil engineering stand point. One would hope there would be a point where experience kicked in making the operation more cost efficient.
But, looking at the factors you cite, the cost of of the actual construction may only be a fraction of that approximate $30 million per mile.
Again, thanks for taking time to get me up to speed.
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