SLSCO wins $167m contract for border wall in Rio Grande Valley, Texas
November 16, 2018 – SLSCO, a Texas-based company, has won a $167m contract from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the construction of approximately eight miles of levee wall system in the US Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector.
The project is funded with CBP’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019.
The project comprises five segments located south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso and Mercedes, Texas, within Hidalgo County.
Work will include the construction and installation of tactical infrastructure such as a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18ft steel bollards on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150ft enforcement zone throughout the eight miles of levee wall system.
The levee wall system will include detection technology, lighting, video surveillance, and an all-weather patrol road along the levee wall.
The RGV Sector continues to be an area of illegal cross-border activity. In FY2017, the USBP arrested more than 137,000 persons crossing the border illegally, and seized approximately 260,000 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,192 pounds of cocaine in the RGV Sector.
The levee wall system is expected to serve as a persistent impediment to transnational criminal organisations, while still allowing river access for property owners, other federal/state/local officials, local emergency responders, and USBP.
CBP is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, also known as Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and has been taking steps to plan, design, and construct a wall using appropriate materials and technology to achieve operational control of the southern border.
The US Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security. Its task is to manage, control and protect the nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry.
CBP is responsible for securing the borders of the US while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.