Wall prototypes to be constructed this summer, border patrol says
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said Tuesday that the agency aims to start construction on border wall prototypes by the end of summer.
The border patrol has reallocated $20 million to begin wall planning and fund construction of four to eight prototypes. After narrowing the number of applicants, there are still a "considerable number" of companies vying for the job, Acting Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello said.
"Completion of the prototype construction is expected within 30 days after the issuance of the notice to proceed," he said.
Photo: In this June 13, 2013, file photo, hands from Daniel Zambrano of Tijuana, Mexico, hold on to the bars that make up the border wall separating the U.S. and Mexico as the border meets the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)