U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday they will begin constructing approximately 13 miles of the Rio Grande Valley Levee Wall System Project as early as today in Mission.
The project area is west of Green Road, adjacent to Mission Main Canal and in alignment with the existing U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission earthen levee according to a news release sent out by the agency. Early construction activities such as clearing for this area were completed last February.
CBP will proceed with construction as real estate becomes available within this project area. Based on language in the Fiscal Year 2019 CBP appropriation, levee wall construction will not take place at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park or the National Butterfly Center, the press release states.
Construction comes after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $145 million contract to SLSCO Ltd. last October to construct approximately six miles of levee wall system. CBP anticipates completing approximately five of the six miles due to changes in DHS appropriations language for fiscal year 2019, the press release states.
The following month they awarded the company a second $167 million contract to construct approximately eight miles of levee wall system south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso, and Mercedes.
The levee wall system will be similar to levee wall constructed in the Valley during 2008, but the system will also include all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology, the release states.