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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The wall may begin on May 6

The government is taking bids for construction of Rio Grande Valley, Texas, section of the MAGA wall.

The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking bids for "RGV-01 Design-Bid-Build Construction Project."

The solicitation stated: "Construction services required include Design-Bid-Build construction of approximately 3 miles of levee wall on the south toe of the U.S. International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC) levee in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector. This project may also include installation of fiber optic cable, lighting systems, and construction of an all-weather patrol road and enforcement zone."

The bid would be awarded on May 6 or so, and the project would take 300 days to complete.

The solicitation also said, "The Government may elect to establish a competitive range to enter into discussions with. The Government will evaluate the proposals in accordance with the criteria described in the solicitation, and award the FFP Contract. The government may elect to award to other than the low-price offer in accordance with the evaluation provisions of the Solicitation. Additional proposal evaluation information will be provided in the Solicitation to include evaluation factors and weighting."

Eight companies built prototypes in the San Diego area last fall in a competition for that contract. No word yet on who won that contest.

The project is proceeding at the Speed of Government.

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20 comments:

  1. Cinco de mayo would be a better date to atart

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    1. Cinco de Mayo- oh, the Corona beer holiday. That's right!

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  2. The day after makes the hangover so much more. If you get my drift.

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    1. Stinko De mayo is the fifth, Starting it on the 6th makes the misery of their hang overs all the richer. My comment was in reply to anon above.

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    2. Write slower Jeremy so that z will understand better.

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    3. Cinco De Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico. Or so I've =been told. I may have been misinformed.

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  3. Why not have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers start building at least part of the wall. We're already paying them anyway. All we need to do is provide the materials. Good Training! - Elric

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    1. I’m thinking, directional loudspeakers randomly playing the sound of a rifle being cocked.

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    2. Don't know if the Corps of Engineers has the equipment. They mostly oversee such projects. OTOH, the Army Engineers, the ones in Uniform, have equipment for much of that work. Imagine a modified Abrams tank with a blade dozing the sector to prep it. I would almost expect a construction company to come under attack from the cartels. An Army combat engineer brigade? Not so much. Especially if they had a few of the old CEVs with the 165mm demolition gun.

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  4. I'll feel better when they start the one between California and Arizona.

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    1. I'll feel better when thy complete the one between Vancouver and Montreal.

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    2. I'll feel better when Mexico writes a check to the U.S. for it.

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    3. A nuke deep in the San Andreas would accomplish that.

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  5. I'll feel better when we enclose the Fortress of Sedition (a/k/a the Obama domicile) in a pyramid with him and ValJar sealed inside.
    ---Fred

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  6. Well, good, although I'm not a big fan if design-build projects. I still think you get better results when plans have gone through a rigorous review and approval process.

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    1. What you wrote is likely true if the topography were uniform along the entire border, but various sections of the border probably present their own unique problems and therefore require their own unique design solutions. The question iI have s whether they are aiming for a nearly impenetrable wall or one that is just "good enough," and if the latter, what is the design standard they will be using?

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  7. When Trump stood there with his bad spray tan and promised Mexico would pay for the wall, did you believe him? You must really feel gullible now.

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    1. There's more than one way to make Mexico pay for the wall. It's very existence will cause the loss of future income to Mexico many times the cost of the wall. Add to that the savings of the U.S. NOT paying for future illegal aliens' presence and it's WON/WIN. - Elric

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