President Donald Trump is getting his wall built.
At least part of it.
The Department of Defense on Tuesday said it awarded nearly $1 billion in contracts to Texas-based company SLSCO Ltd. and Montana-based Barnard Construction company to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.
SLSCO was granted $789 million for “border replacement wall construction” in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, located in the El Paso sector of the border, while Barnard was given $187 million for design-bid-build construction project for primary pedestrian wall replacement” in Yuma, Arizona.
The funds for both projects, which are expected to be completed by fall 2020, were diverted from the $1 billion the Pentagon repurposed for its counter-narcotics program. The contracts were awarded by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, told CNN the El Paso sector contract would include the construction of “30-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate,” and the Yuma project will feature “18-foot bollard fencing and a five-foot anti-climb plate.”
The $1 billion is separate from the $3.6 billion in military construction funds the administration received in funds after Trump declared a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border two months ago.
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