Construction specifications released for Trump’s border wall

Trump is making good on his promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to contract notices posted to a government agency’s website.

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a Request for Proposal, which outlines construction requirements for building Trump’s border wall.

Bids posted to FedBizOpps.gov are calling for two types of contract requests: one is for a solid concrete wall, while the other asks for proposals for a “see-through component/capability.”

Reportedly, the wall will stretch at least 1,000 miles across a vast array of terrain, including mountains, desert, and farms that border California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The government’s list of requirements for the border wall are as follows:

  • Wall must be sunk at least six feet into the ground.
  • Be “physically imposing in height” and tower at least 18 feet over Mexico, though contractors are encouraged to build it higher. “The Government’s nominal concept is for a 30-foot high wall,” according to DHS records.
  • Include 25- and 50-foot automated gates for pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Constructed in a way that would require at least an hour to cut through it with a “sledgehammer, car jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools.”
  • Deter people from climbing over it with ladders or grappling hooks, or tunneling under it.
  • The design blends in with the “surrounding environment” and must be “aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc.” from the north side. The agency’s document does not disclose how the wall should look south of the border.

Fox News reports that the government has not specified where the wall will be built, but contract notices suggest pieces of the new wall may replace existing portions of fencing that stretch more than 700 miles of the 2,000-mile border.

The government will award a contract based on 30-foot-wide prototype walls that will be displayed at an undisclosed location in San Diego. The document states that proposals are due by March 29, and the agency has already received bids from over 400 companies.

This marks the second call by the Trump administration for private companies to bid on constructing the wall. The first one occurred last month when CBP posted a request for “concept papers” to design and build prototypes, which were due by March 10, says the report.

Earlier this week, President Trump sent a budget proposal to Congress that included a $2.6 billion down payment for the border wall, though the exact total cost for the project has not been solidified. The Trump administration has projected the initial cost to be $12 billion, but some experts argue it will likely cost upwards of $25 billion, according to a Washington Post report.

An internal report prepared for Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly estimated the cost of building a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border at about $21 billion, according to a U.S. government official who is involved in border issues. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public.

H/T: Fox News, Daily News

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