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Feds Announce Another 15 Miles of Border Barrier

     Less than a week after the federal government announced phase two of border “wall” construction is set to begin west of Calexico in June, it is now seeking public input for another 15-mile segment of barrier.

 

     In a May 8 press release, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a public scoping period would begin for another phase of barrier construction. It would be built from west of the Westside Main Canal to the No Mirage hamlet southeast of Ocotillo, U.S. Border Patrol El Centro Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent David S. Kim reported in an email to this newspaper May 13.

 

     “Currently this area only has a vehicle barrier in place. It would be upgraded to a wall that would serve to impede both vehicles and pedestrians. The design is something that we don’t know yet, as is the cost,” Kim stated.

 

     No timeline has been set for the project, according to Miguel A. Garcia, acting assistant chief patrol agent with the El Centro Sector.

 

     The new 15-mile project would include road construction and improvements, as well as lighting installation, according to the Customs press release. The proposed design includes 18- to 30-foot-high concrete-filled steel posts about six inches in diameter. 

 

     Customs is seeking input from the public regarding the proposed project’s potential affects to the environment, culture, and commerce, including potential socioeconomic impacts, and quality of life, the press release reads. Comments on the project will be considered as a part of project planning process. 

 

     Comments and information will be accepted until June 3 by email at commentsenv@cbp.dhs.gov or mailed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. 6.5E Mail Stop 1039, Washington, DC 20229-1100.

 

     Comments should reference “Imperial County Border Infrastructure Project” in the subject line of the email.

 

     Project updates are available at the following web site: www.cbp.gov/about/environmental-cultural-stewardship/nepa-documents/docs-review.

 

     Phase two of the barrier project, which was announced May 7, will involve 11 miles east and west of Calexico.

 

     That project will see a construction timeline of June 10 of this year through Aug. 24, 2020, Kim told the Imperial County Board of Supervisors during a presentation May 7.

 

     Phase one included 2.25 miles of barrier on the west side of Calexico. It was completed in October 2018.

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