PHOENIX, Ariz.--U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Barrier, in partnership with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, awarded two contracts totaling $787.75 million May 15 for the removal and replacement of vehicle fencing with pedestrian fencing along the southwest border.
A $646 million contract was awarded to Southwest Valley Constructors of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for design and build of Tucson Sector barrier wall replacement. Four bids were solicited with four bids received. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2020.
A $141.75 million contract was awarded to BFBC LLC, Bozeman, Montana, for design and build of El Centro Project 1 and Yuma Project 1 vehicle and pedestrian barrier replacement. Nine bids were solicited with four bids received. Work will be performed in El Centro, California; and Yuma, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 31, 2020.
These locations represent top operational priorities for replacement and will improve each sector’s ability to impede and deny illegal border crossings and the drug- and human-smuggling activities of transnational criminal organizations.
The Department of Defense has the authority under Section 284 of Title 10, U.S. Code, to construct roads and fences and to install lighting to block drug-smuggling corridors across international boundaries of the United States in support of counter-narcotic activities of federal law enforcement agencies.
For additional information about Corps projects, visit https://www.usace.army.mil. For information on U.S. Customs and Border Protection, visit https://www.cbp.gov. For more information on federal government contracts, visit the Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov.