A United States construction company is stepping up to help President Trump construct more than 200 miles of the border wall, all by the November 2020 elections.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Arizona-based Fisher Industries President Tommy Fisher is meeting with Trump administration officials in the Homeland Security Department and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pitch his proposal.
His unsolicited offer included constructing 218 miles of the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border for a mere $3.3 billion—and they will have the entire project completed in 13 months.
“DHS needs a contractor to build the border fence as fast as possible, without compromising the quality of the fence. The ideal contractor would build the border fence faster, of higher quality, and at less cost than any other contractor. Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. is that contractor,” Fisher Industries officials wrote in their proposal to the Trump Administration.
According to the Washington Examiner, Fisher Industries is patenting a new technique they believe will quicken the time it takes to complete sections of the wall. The company is also having Caterpillar, the machinery and equipment company, construct a new, specifically tailored excavator for the project.
Here’s more, from the report:
Tommy Fisher said it can build 218 miles of 18-foot steel bollard fence, along with paved concrete roads, lighting, and technology for $3.285 billion, a fraction of the $5.7 billion President Trump requested from Congress in December for a 234-mile project.
The fence’s steel is all made in-house and would be weathered to avoid rusting and the need for replacement for 75 years, Fisher said. The top of the fence would have spin cameras mounted to it with systems that use facial recognition technology.
The barrier would go up in four regions: 42 miles near Yuma, Ariz.; 69 miles near El Paso, Texas; 15 miles near El Centro, Calif.; and 91 miles near Tucson, Ariz.
Each mile would cost $12.5 million. Mobilization or start-up costs are estimated around $200 million and a $360 million five-year warranty is included in the total proposed cost. Fisher said all parts and labor would be American.
“The government would have to approve the project by May 1 in order to guarantee its competition by June 2020,” the Washington Examiner reports.
Here’s even more:
Fisher told the Examiner in March he started putting the pieces together for this project in mid-2017. His company was one of the six awarded border wall prototype contracts that year. When the government signaled it wanted to go with a steel, slatted fence, he started procuring the means to build one.
Earlier this year, Trump signed an emergency order to obtain $6.6 billion in previously appropriated funding for the wall. He already has $1.375 billion of that amount from Congress, which can only be used to build fencing in the Rio Grande Valley.