$190 million worth of border wall replacement to be built in Yuma
PHOENIX — A Montana-based construction company will build nearly $190 million worth of replacement border wall in a southern Arizona town by next year.
Barnard Construction Co. Inc. was awarded a $187 million contract to replace pedestrian wall in a Border Patrol sector centered on Yuma, the U.S. Department of Defense announced Tuesday.
Eleven miles of construction on the bollard-type barrier was expected to be complete by Sept. 30, 2020.
President Donald Trump, who declared a national emergency in February to secure more money for his long-promised wall, touted his accomplishments along the border.
“We’ve built a lot of wall, a lot of wall. And it’s new wall,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
“When we rip down an old wall and replace it, it’s called a new wall. And that’s what we’ve done.”
The contract was part of nearly $1 billion worth of work sought by the Army Corps of Engineers for removal and replacement of fencing along two sections of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Forty-six miles of the barrier will also be installed near Columbus, New Mexico. The Texas-based SLS Company Ltd. got a $789 million contract for the work.
The Corps said the new fencing will help “impede and deny illegal border crossings and smuggling of drugs and humans.’