The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the start of construction of a new barrier wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, NBC Los Angeles reported.
The project will replace a portion of the barrier constructed of scrap metal roughly 10 feet high with an 18 to 30-foot “bollard-style” wall capped with an anti-climbing plate, according to the publication.
Fourteen miles of barrier will be replaced, starting about a half-mile west of the Pacific Ocean and extending into the Otay Mountains in East San Diego County, according to the CBP.
Border wall construction is underway at two other locations; a two-mile primary wall project in Calexico, California, about 60 miles west of Yuma, Arizona, and a 10-mile project near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, west of El Paso.
Texas-based construction firm SLSCO was awarded a $147 million contract for the wall project.