How to build a wall on the border of Mexico and the US
Wallbuilders, who have built several of the wall’s sections, are set to start constructing the remaining sections of the $15.8 billion barrier on Monday, a project that the Trump administration has not indicated it is interested in funding.
The construction could take several months.
In a statement, Wallbuilders said it has begun constructing the sections of wall it needs to cover the entire border with Mexico, with sections of two miles of the border wall being constructed in Texas and Louisiana.
The company said that it expects to complete the remainder of the 2,300-mile wall by 2021.
The wall, which is being built with a mix of reinforced concrete, concrete-plastic and other materials, will be approximately 18 feet tall and weigh up to 50,000 tons, and will have a total of 1,500 miles of fencing.
In January, the Wallbuilders’ first completed section of the 3,200-mile-long border wall with Mexico was unveiled, but a section of it has not yet been finished.
In the statement, the company said it expects the completion of the first section of wall by December 2021.
“We are extremely pleased that Wallbuilders is finally beginning construction on the second section of this wall,” said Joe Lai, vice president for communications and public affairs at the Wallmakers.
“It will be a monumental project, but we look forward to completing it soon.”
Wallbuilders has completed several projects that have been funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The group, which has also built a fence along the Rio Grande River in Texas, has also begun construction of a 1,300 mile fence on the northern border.
The government said in November that it would pay for half of the cost of constructing the wall, and that it was looking for contractors to deliver the first construction contract by May 2019.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.
In November, Trump signed an executive order directing the federal government to pay Wallbuilders a $15 million loan in order to begin construction on its border wall.
A separate order also ordered the construction of barriers along the border, which the Department of Justice has not provided an estimate on.
The Trump administration’s order is not expected to be put into effect until after lawmakers return from a five-week recess beginning next week.