The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Thursday that contracts have been awarded for concrete prototypes of the United States / Mexico Border Wall that will be constructed in the San Diego area.
CBP Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald D. Vitiello made the announcement and said the prototypes are a "significant milestone" in the plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
The prototype walls from the selected contractors will be made of concrete, be 18 to 30 feet high and 30 feet long, and cost between $400,000 and just under $500,000 each.
Next week, CBP will announce four additional prototypes made of alternative materials. Depending on the results of prototype testing, the agency could end up using all four concrete and all four alternative materials prototypes in different sections of the wall or decide to use none.
The companies selected to construct concrete border wall prototypes are:
- Caddell Construction Co., (DE), LLC, Montgomery, Alabama,
- Fisher Sand & Gravel Co., DBA Fisher Industries, Tempe, Arizona,
- Texas Sterling Construction Co., Houston, Texas, and
- W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company, Philadelphia, Mississippi.
CBP officials will meet with the vendors and determine construction timeline, however we expect to construct the prototypes in the fall.
image: border marker at San Ysidro, CA. courtesy of CBP