Hidalgo County wants to build border wall
Hundreds of vendors have shown interest in building President Donald Trump’s wall, including Hidalgo County officials who hope for a continued partnership with the federal government to build levees that can provide border security and flood protection.
And that’s before a new Trump budget, which came out Thursday, includes $2.6 billion during the course of two years to begin construction of the wall.
A few days before the Department of Homeland Security posted a presolicitation for the design and building of a border wall, Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 sent a letter on behalf of the citizens of Hidalgo County thanking the federal government for the existing 20 miles of levees and asking for the completion of a 2008 joint agreement that called for 30 additional miles.
“The original intent was to complete approximately 50 miles of a river protective levee/wall for the entire length of HidalgoCounty,” reads the Feb. 21 letter to U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, as well as to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
The estimated cost to complete the 2008 joint agreement titled “Hidalgo County Border Infrastructure Improvement Program,” is projected to be just more than $611 million, with the county paying about 10 percent of the total cost, according to the letter approved by the board of directors during the last commissioner’s court.
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