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Following months of campaign promises to build a "big, beautiful, powerful wall" on the southern border of the United States, the Trump administration has just posted bid guidelines for contractors looking to submit proposals for the multi-billion dollar project (the full RFPs can be viewed here). Among other things, the RFP calls for a 30-foot wall that could deter a physical breach for at least 1 hour...oh, and it also has to be "aesthetically pleasing in color"...but, only on the U.S. side. Per Reuters:
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued requests for proposals for prototypes for a wall along the Mexican border, saying ideally it should be 30 feet (9 meters) high and the wall facing the U.S. side should be "aesthetically pleasing in color."
"Designs with heights of less than 18 feet are not acceptable," the document said. It said the wall should have features that do not allow people to climb over it and should prevent digging below the wall.
"The wall shall prevent/deter for a minimum of 1 hour the creation of a physical breach of the wall (e.g., punching through the wall) larger than 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter or square using sledgehammer, car jack, pickaxe, chisel, battery-operated impact tools, battery-operated cutting tools, oxy/acetylene torch or other similar hand-held tools," it said.
And don't even think about climbing over or digging under the wall either...
"It shall not be possible for a human to climb to the top of the wall or access the top of the wall from either side unassisted (e.g. via the use of a ladder, etc.)," reads the RFP. "The wall design shall include anti-climb topping features that prevent scaling using common and more sophisticated climbing aids (e.g. grappling hooks, handholds, etc.)"
And the agency is also aware that some individuals may try and go under the wall. "The wall shall prevent digging or tunneling below it for a minimum of 6 feet below the lowest adjacent grade," reads the RFP.
Proposals are due to the government by March 29 and contracts are expected to be awarded based on 30-foot-wide sample walls that are to be built in San Diego.
Of course, as we've noted before, total cost estimates for the wall vary widely and range from $12 billion to over $20 billion. Per the Associated Press:http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-18/trump-issues-bid-guidelines-beautiful-30-foot-border-wall-must-be-aesthetically-plea