BE2C2 Report – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection wants the Trump wall along the Mexico border to be tall, tough and human proof – at least 20 feet high, minimum 5 feet embedded into the ground – made of precast concrete panels or translucent material.
The federal agency charged with beefing up America’s 2000 miles southern border last Friday released its guidelines for hundreds of contractors vying to build Trump’s campaign promise.
The bid due on March 29 — already more than 400 companies have submitted bids, calls for two types of proposals: a wall constructed of reinforced concrete and another with a “see-through component/capability” bordering the southwest border in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
The government’s wish list describes a wall that is “physically imposing in height” and towers at least 18 feet over Mexico, but contractors are urged to build higher.
“The Government’s nominal concept is for a 30-foot high wall,” according to Department of Homeland Security records, reported NY Daily News.
Both walls will prevent people from climbing over, even with the help of ladders or grappling hooks, or tunneling under it. “And if an ambitious traveler wants to breach the barrier, it should take them at least an hour to penetrate the wall with handheld tools such as sledgehammers or blowtorches,” wrote the Vanity Fair magazine.
“The wall may be a dream-killer for those trekking through Central America and Mexico to reach the United States, but those gazing upon its stature from U.S. soil should expect a wall that blends in with the “surrounding environment.”
The north side of the wall shall be aesthetically pleasing in color, anti-climb texture, etc., the agency’s threshold requirements state.
The document does not describe how the wall should look south of the border (on Mexico side).
Contractors will have to build their mockups with a 10-by-10-foot prototype at an undisclosed location in San Diego, California.
Experts believe the wall will cost around $25, according to a Washington Post report.
The MIT Technology Review predicts a wall as depicted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection could cost even more — at least $29.3 billion.
Bernstein Research estimates the total cost would be between $15 billion and $25 billion — “a bit more than Mr Trump’s suggested $10 billion.”
A recent Reuters report said the wall could cost $21 billion and take three years to build.