Construction crews prepare a set of border wall prototypes along the U.S. border with Mexico near San Diego on Oct. 17, 2017. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection photo by Mani Albrecht)

Montana Firm Gets $73M Contract to Replace New Mexico Border Fence

The U.S. government has awarded a Montana-based company a contract worth more than $73 million to design and build replacement fencing along 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Existing vehicle barriers west of the Santa Teresa port of entry will be replaced with taller bollard-style barriers under the contract awarded in January to Barnard Construction Co. Inc. Bollard walls typically consist of sturdy, vertical posts that are spaced to provide visibility to the other side but are difficult to walk through.

Regional Customs and Border Protection officials said there was no timeline for when work might start, and the construction company did not respond to email and phone requests inquiring about project details. The contract is being funded with operations and maintenance money budgeted through the Army Corps of Engineers.

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