Just days after President Donald Trump promised that the wall would be built even if it meant shutting down the government, U.S. Customs and Border Protection made an announcement Thursday that it has given contracts to four companies to build prototypes.
All four companies proposed different types of concrete walls. The government plans to make a decision on a single design, once they are properly evaluated.
NBC News reports:
The prototypes will be 30 feet long and up to 30 feet high. Construction of the prototypes is expected to begin in the coming weeks, and the review process will take between 30 and 60 days
The image above is a border control rendering of what they see as an “optimum border enforcement area” between the U.S. and Mexico.
The concrete portion of the wall (E) would sit on the U.S.-facing side of an electronically monitored zone and another barrier (B) facing toward the Mexico side would be transparent enough for officials to see through.
The monitoring zone would be about 150 feet wide and alert patrol agents if someone breached the initial border barrier.
According to NBC News, Ronald Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, stated:
This is the first new initiative that adds to our bigger plans.
Testing will look at things like the aesthetics of it, how penetrable they are, how resistant they are to tampering and then scaling or anti-climbing.
The four companies currently under contract for prototypes are Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., of Houston; Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama; and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction of Philadelphia.
Each contract was more than $400,000 and included in the 2017 budget.
The Trump administration will seek a $1.8 billion budget to begin construction on the wall in 2018, NBC News reported.