State's Widening, Dust Detection Project Under Way

Border Wall Reinforcement Under Way

Thu April 12, 2018 - National Edition
Craig Mongeau - CEG Editor in Chief


The new wall rises in the background. The “X” shaped vehicular barrier was all that existed in this stretch of the border in New Mexico. (CEG Photo)
The new wall rises in the background. The “X” shaped vehicular barrier was all that existed in this stretch of the border in New Mexico. (CEG Photo)
The new wall rises in the background. The “X” shaped vehicular barrier was all that existed in this stretch of the border in New Mexico. (CEG Photo) Crews begin setting up the water supply for the project. The fence seen in the background is an existing fence near the Santa Theresa Port of Entry. This fence spans approximately 1 mile and the new wall will start where this fence ends. (CEG Photo) A Hamm roller from Komatsu SW has been used for compacting existing dirt access roads to the border. (CEG Photo) Komatsu excavators and wheel loaders are being used extensively on the job. (CEG Photo) Komatsu SW sets up the water supply for dust control at the staging area, which is a deserted race track. (CEG Photo) A Caterpillar excavator lifts the next section of wall to be installed. (CEG Photo)

This past January, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) awarded Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Mont., a contract to replace existing vehicular barriers along a 20-mile stretch with a border wall, located just west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry in New Mexico and extending westward.

The existing barriers will be replaced with an 18 - 30-ft. high wall. The contract also includes roadway and drainage improvements.

Construction of the wall, valued at approximately $73.3 million, is scheduled for completion in approximately 390 days.

CBP held a groundbreaking near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry on April 9, which marked the official start of construction.

With the new wall, federal officials said agents working in southern New Mexico will be better equipped to stop drug trafficking and illegal crossings in the area.

Construction Equipment Guide travelled to the border wall construction site and took some photos of preliminary work.

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