Contracts have been awarded for concrete prototypes to build a wall along the US-Mexican border, the US department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
The four contracts have gone to Caddell Construction Company in Montgomery, Alabama, Fisher Sand & Gravel Company in Temoe, Arizona, Texas Sterling Construction Company in Houston, Texas and W. G. Yates & Sons Construction Company in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January to build a 3,200km wall along the southern border of the US with Mexico.
The CBP said the reinforced concrete which will be between 18 to 30 feet high will be designed to “deter illegal crossings in the area in which they are constructed.”
It added that the prototypes, which are set to be built this autumn, will allow the CBP to evaluate the potential for designs to complement the “wall and barrier designs used along the border over the last several years.”
The Presidential Executive Order issued on 25 January said: “the [Department of Homeland Security] Secretary shall take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.”
On 17 March the CBP issued two Requests for Proposals for wall designs to construct several prototypes.
The second was for ’Other than Concrete’ designs and a decision will be made on those prototypes this week.