$275 million construction contract awarded to build first section of border wall in Webb County
May 11, 2020
Customs and Border Protection on Friday evening announced it had awarded a construction contract to an Alabama company called Caddell to build 14 miles of the border wall in Webb County for over $275 million.
This is the first contract awarded to build the wall in the Laredo area; it is funded by Congress’ 2020 appropriations.
Construction would begin in January 2021, pending the availability of property, according to CBP. The government did not detail exactly where in the county this construction would occur.
When members of the government’s border wall team visited Laredo City Council in January, they mentioned that they had been granted the right of entry by about 40% of the affected landowners they have reached out to in the Laredo area. That number has likely increased.
This right of entry is for the government to be able to get onto private land in order to conduct surveys and see where the wall would be best aligned.
So far several local landowners, including individuals and families, the City of Laredo and organizations like Sacred Heart Children’s Home have been sued by the government for not granting this right of entry.
Caddell was one of four companies chosen to build prototype wall designs in 2017, the Associated Press reported.