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CBP Posts Border Wall Prototype Design, Construction RFPs
20 March 2017, 09:17 | Austin Hogan
Trump reveals plans for 'aesthetically pleasing' border wall
Mexico-based Cemex says it will not participate in construction of President Donald Trump's border wall. Responses to the Customs and Border Protection solicitation for bids are due on March 29.
One RFP is for a Solid Concrete Border Wall, and the other is for a Border Wall Other (than Solid Concrete) to include alternative options to Solid Concrete. The proposed wall must also be built in a such a way that it would take at least an hour to cut through it with a "sledgehammer, vehicle jack, pick axe, chisel, battery operated impact tools, battery operated cutting tools, Oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools".
CBP said Friday it intends to award multiple contracts, acquire numerous wall designs and build multiple prototypes through two requests for proposals published on the FedBizOpps website.
"The wall design shall be physically imposing in height", the Custom and Border Protection said in the request for bids.
Among the 12 specific requirements, the wall should be 30 feet, although CBP will accept heights of at least 18 feet, it should prevent tunneling up to six feet below ground, it should be hard to climb and breach and should look good from the north side.
The current fencing of mixed construction, including 15ft steel posts set inches apart created to keep people from crossing and shorter posts that are meant to block cars.
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"I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall".
This week the President sent a budget proposal to Congress including a $2.6bn (£2bn) down payment for the wall.
The Hill reported Democrats' proposed legislation to block Trump's efforts appears unlikely to pass, however, as Democrats will need to convince at least 12 Republican senators to join them if they are going to be able to overcome the Senate's 60-vote procedural hurdle.
But Mexico still says it won't pay for the structure, and billions of dollars from the US government are attached to the program.
Specifications for the finished product, as described in the official documents, make clear that the wall will be a massive construction project.
That report proposed an initial phase that would extend fences 26 miles and a second wave that would add 151 miles, plus 272 "replacement" miles where fences are already installed, according to the official.
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