Despite the lack of funds appropriated for its construction, vendors seeking to land a lucrative border wall construction contract were notified Friday that they can start bidding on the contract this month.
A contract valued between $25 million and $100 million for construction of about 3 miles of levee wall system in the Rio Grande Valley will be awarded in May, according to a government website that posts federal contracts.
Solicitations can be submitted beginning Feb. 25, with the deadline 30 days later but are “contingent on FY 2018 funding,” the post states.
Just before noon Friday, Federal Business Opportunities listed the project information in a pre-solicitation notice posted to its website.
That notice required construction services, including the design, build and bid construction of “approximately 3 miles of levee wall on the south toe of the U.S. International Boundary Water Commission levee in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector.”
The notice went on to list the project as also including the “installation of fiber-optic cable, lighting systems, and construction of an all-weather patrol road and enforcement zone.”
At 4:15 p.m. the government website modified the wording on a few items within the notification.
One modification of note listed under “project information,” in the notification is the line “This project will also include installation of fiber-optic cable, lighting systems, and construction of an all-weather patrol road and enforcement zone,” which now has the word “will” crossed out and the word “may” has been added.