Work began on replacing part of the border wall in downtown Calexico, CA. This is the first wall contract awarded by the Trump administration outside of the eight prototypes for the new wall, which were built in 2017. The work on the Calexico portion of the wall includes more than two miles of the barrier that was built in the 1990s from recycled metal scraps and landing mat. This portion of the wall will be torn down and replaced with 30-foot-high bollard-style barriers.
SWF Constructors of Omaha, NE, won the $18 million contract to replace the Calexico wall. The project is set to include a bridge over the New River as well. The entire project is expected to take 300 days.
Back in September, the administration cleared the way for construction by waiving dozens of environmental and other reviews. However, the state of California and major environmental advocacy groups have sued the administration over the waivers.