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President Trump’s border wall prototypes to come down

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President Trump talks with reporters as he reviews border wall prototypes at the San Diego-Tijuana border in March.
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump’s border wall prototypes will be demolished to make way for newly begun construction of a secondary barrier, according to a Customs and Border Protection spokesman.

Construction crews have already replaced most of one layer of fencing along 14 miles of the San Diego-Tijuana border and started work on the secondary fence this week.

The stretch of old secondary barrier being replaced is a little over a mile shorter than the primary fence. The replacement secondary barrier will run the full length of the primary one.

The eight prototypes, which Trump visited about a year ago, stand between the end of the old secondary fence and where construction crews have put up the first panels of 30-foot tall bollards — concrete-filled steel posts placed close together — where the additional mile or so of barrier will go.

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The agency said it doesn’t yet know when the prototypes will come down.

“That’s always been the plan,” the CBP spokesman said. “They just don’t serve a purpose anymore.”

The bits of wall, four made of concrete and four of other materials, cost between $300,000 and $500,000 each.

They taught the agency a lot through the tests conducted, the CBP spokesman said.

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The replacement barrier construction project is expected to last until early 2020.

Morrissey writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

kate.morrissey@sduniontribune.com


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