Skip to comments.What the mainstream media won't show you: The Border Wall IS Being Built...
Posted on 02/01/2019 6:21:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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CorTen Steel (CORrosion-Resistant, TENsile Strength).
Not just protected from weathering, but also providing exceptional mechanical resistance.
These bollards are filled with concrete after they set in their foundations, for several reasons (the steel bollard protects the concrete from hammer, chisel or sledge attacks). Concrete filling keeps rain water out, to limit destructive rusting. It provides a lot of added mass, that improves performance against being rammed by vehicles (they will stop speeding suicide trucks).
It also complicates sawing through the bollards. Extra lengths of rebar with different properties can be dropped down the bollards (or every other one) to further challenge the saw blade.
Maybe this will pull Ann Coulter out of her lather. She does mean well but she has added zero to the effort to build a wall.
Well, this fits the Democrats and the MSM to a tee.
They believe that reality is whatever they want it to be. So if they ignore the wall, or dont cover it...What if they build a wall in the desert and we refuse to see it, is it really there?
It’s actually a technical finish for iron that blocks further oxidation by a layer of oxidations Built-in to the steel. It will out last all of us.
Annie only wants to sell books and think shes relevant. Granted, she may actually care about a wall, but book sales are are golden.
If Coulter really cared about the wall she’d be lighting rockets under the GOPe. Especially given her previous love affair with Mittens. That she is not doing taht should tell you this is all just a troll to her and the Wall is just a prop in her career.
She knows. that’s why her face looks like kurap every time we see her these days and she looks like she’s talking to herself a lot more than she used to.
She either hasn’t done her research. (There are dozens of videos and hundred of pictures of the wall being built. ) OR she is purposely part of the distraction devised to keep the left from seeing what’s going on at the border. She’s a good “squirrel”?
By not letting the left know what’s going on they can’t obstruct or otherwise cause mischief. No antics to disrupt the construction. Well played MR President!
Red castle at the border
Thanks for that info. Excellent.
“This could be part of a project already authorized by congress or the Potus could be doing it via the military or some other budget.”
Maybe he’s using one or both of these laws for authorization:
10 U.S.C. § 2803 (Section 2803) provides that the secretary of Defense may carry out a military construction project not otherwise authorized by law upon determining that (1) the project is vital to the national security or to the protection of health, safety, or the quality of the environment, and (2) the requirement for the project is so urgent that deferring the project would be inconsistent with national security or the protection of health, safety, or environmental quality.
10 U.S.C. § 284 (Section 284) provides that the secretary of Defense may provide support for the counterdrug activities or activities to counter transnational organized crime of any law enforcement agency, including through the construction of roads and fences and installation of lighting to block drug smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States.
[Huh? the never Trumpers on FR kept harping that the wall will never be built..]
The Army Corps of Engineers is doing all the contract management for the border wall. They developed two large standing multiple award task order contracts (MATOCs) to support the Project Office:
(A Western one) W9126G18R0096 MATOC for Horizontal Construction Services in support of the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, and Tucson Border Patrol Sectors.
(And an Eastern one) W9126G18R0092 MATOC for Horizontal Construction Services in support of the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Del Rio, Big Bend and El Paso Border Patrol Sectors.
A pool of vendors have been pre-qualified to participate in these contracts, to use a rapid bidding process to compete on task orders for individual segments of wall.
Those vendors have been brought up to speed on the Master Project Management Plan - the exact route, the design requirements and specifications; and they have a very good idea of the priority list. So they are ready to bid pretty quickly when an individual segment comes up for bid.
This Program is ready for the big money bomb. Everyone is ready to ramp up construction now - just add money.
Drone footage taken in New Mexico of Border Wall being built in Summer 2018: https://youtu.be/S024otpADnQw
Drone footage from Summer 2018 of Border Wall being built in Calexico, California: https://youtu.be/Q_KrwNVxx9g
I trust you. Too bad those photos and videos weren't shared here, like Jim has done tonight.
Might have prevented a few fainting spells.
Thats an interesting theory.
Here is the blow by blow:
San Diego, California 14 miles of 18 foot bollards with anti-climb plate are being built (~10 miles complete), due to finish by May. FY 2017 appropriations. The $147 million contract for this project was awarded to SLSCO, a Texas-based construction corporation.
A second 14 mile layer of 30 foot bollards has been awarded, and will start February 2019. The contract was awarded on December 20, 2018 to SLSCO Ltd. using CBPs Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations. The total contract value, including options, is approximately $287 million (and includes the 15 miles below in Tecate, Andrade and Calexico).
Tecate, California 3 miles of 30 foot bollards contract awarded, should start early 2019.
Andrade, California One mile of 30 foot bollards (one side of the Port of Entry), contract awarded, should start early 2019.
Calexico, California 2.25 miles of 30 foot bollards West of the Port of Entry, completed. FY 2017 appropriations, about $18 million.
11 miles of 30 foot bollards East of the Port of Entry, contract awarded, work to start in the Spring (FY18, included above).
Yuma, AZ 27 miles, Contract awarded, construction is scheduled to begin in April 2019. Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations awarded on November 13, 2018 to Barnard Construction Company, Inc. for the base contract of $172 million for approximately 14 miles (13 Option miles, plus 5 miles in Lukeville, below). Total contract value, including options, is approximately $324 million.
Lukeville, AZ 5 miles Contract awarded, construction is scheduled to begin in April 2019.
Santa Teresa, NM (Western flank/suburb of El Paso) 20 miles of 18 foot bollards with anti-climb plate. Complete. CBP awarded a construction contract January 22 to Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Montana. FY 2017 appropriations. The project cost is approximately $73.3 million.
El Paso, Texas 4 miles of 18 bollards with anti climb plate East from the Port of Entry to Fonseca Drive. Complete. CBP awarded a construction contract June 1, 2018 to West Point Contractors of Tucson, FY 2017 appropriations, 22 million.
Mission, Texas (Western Flank of McAllen Port of Entry) 8 miles of hurricane rated levee wall system, topped with 18 foot bollards. Contract awarded, construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019. This is the area with many of the test cases that were pursuing legal challenges (La Lomita Chapel, National Butterfly Center Ray Anzalduas). (FY) 2018 appropriations. The contract for this project, referred to by CBP as RGV-02, was awarded on November 11, 2018, to SLSCO in the amount of approximately $167M.
Donna/Weslaco, Texas, (Eastern flank of McAllen metro area, East of the Santa Ana Reserve) 6 miles of hurricane rated levee wall system, topped with 18 foot bollards. Contract awarded, construction is scheduled to begin in February 2019. (FY) 2018 appropriation. The contract for this project, referred to by CBP as RGV-03, awarded on October 31, 2018 to SLSCO Ltd in the amount of $145 Million for construction.
Brownsville, Tx Area 7 (with an option for 4 more) automated gates to be constructed, to begin closing the 35 road gaps left in the area during the Bush-era Secure Fence Act barrier construction. (FY) 2017 appropriation. The contract for the first phase of gate construction was awarded on October 3, 2018 to Gideon Contracting, LLC, from San Antonio, Texas in the amount of $3,731,380 for the seven base gates. The contract includes options for four additional gates valued at $1,985,525.
All of this that has been put on contract so far during the Trump Administration totals 115 miles - probably what the President was referring to on Christmas Eve.
The pace of construction this year will be significantly higher than last. In 2018, 35 miles were built over four different segments. Already awarded for this year are 80 miles across thirteen segments (one of the Texas awards is composed of five separate segments).
But if the President gets a few billion, we will really be off to the races. The $5.7 billion he requested for 234 miles, would button up the the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and 75 more miles for the highest priority points on the border - where more than 2/3 of illegal immigrants now cross.
Thats an interesting theory.
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