Trump Admin. Approves Contracts to Build Border Wall in Arizona, Texas

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Credits: AP/Marco Ugarte

The Trump administration approved a contract to replace 32 miles of border wall in Arizona’s Yuma and Tucson sectors.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) together with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded the contract to Barnard Construction Company on November 13.

The total value of the contract is approximately $324 million. It includes $172 million for the base contract to build approximately 14 miles of replacement border wall in the Yuma sector. Barnard Construction is set to start the project in April 2019.

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According to CBP, its projects in Arizona include the construction and installation of better tactical infrastructures—approximately five miles in Lukeville and 27 miles in Yuma.

Border wall will help stop drug and human smuggling  

“The primary pedestrian replacement wall in Arizona will improve each sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug and human smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations,” said CBP.

On Thursday, the CBP and USACE awarded a contract to build around eight miles of border wall in Rio Grande Valley (RGV), Texas. The total amount of the project is approximately $167 million. The construction of the project will begin in February 2019.