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ND construction firm receives $1.28 billion border wall contract

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Published: May. 20, 2020 at 11:52 AM CDT
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UPDATE: North Dakota construction firm, Fisher Sand and Gravel, has received a nearly $1.28 billion border wall contract, the single-largest contract awarded yet from President Trump's Administration.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders said the price is higher than previous contracts because of the complex terrain in the area, which includes mountains and water crossings.

Requests from Trump to paint the wall black have also increased costs.

The border wall stretches about 180 miles so far.

The contract's Tucson Package 3 project would build about 42 more miles of wall, averaging to cost more than $30 million for each mile.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., released this statement:

"Fisher Industries is a large employer in North Dakota and we appreciate the contributions this company is making to strengthen our border security." Last year, the company was not eligible to bid on border wall contracts. "It's just that they've been locked out previously, frankly, to a lawsuit. When Fisher Industries was able to be allowed into the bidding process, they would get some big job,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. Once they were approved to enter the contractor bidding pool, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders said they secured the contract by offering the lowest bid for the area. The website Tucson.com says Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf mentioned that about 400 miles of the wall are expected to be completed by the end of this year. We're speaking with Fisher Industries to receive their comments on the border wall contract in the near future.
ORIGINAL STORY: North Dakota construction firm, Fisher Sand and Gravel, has received a nearly $1.28 billion border wall contract, the single-largest contract awarded yet. Last year, the company was not approved to bid on border wall contracts. Once they became eligible, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders said they secured the contract by offering the lowest bid for the area. The project estimates to cost an average of more than $30 million per mile, which would build about 42 miles of border wall through southern Arizona. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leaders said the price is higher than previous contracts because of the complex terrain in the area, including mountains and water crossings. Requests from President Trump to paint the border wall black have also increased costs.