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Border Wall construction project to begin in RGV

November 20, 2018

WASHINGTON – New Border Wall construction to prevent high illegal cross border activity is scheduled to begin in February 2019, according to a US Customs and Border Patrol release.

This project lies within the McAllen Station area of responsibility in Hidalgo County.

The project, titled RGV-03, includes the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure — a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the levee wall system.

The RGV Sector remains an area of high illegal border crossing activity, according to US CBP.

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

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

A general contractor based out of Galveston named SLS was recently awarded $145 million to construct six miles of border wall in Hidalgo county.

SLS provides residential and commercial construction services for Federal, state and local governments.

According to a release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, awarded the contract to SLS to construct approximately six miles of levee wall system in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector.

According to CBP, the project is funded through CBP’s Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry, while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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