13-miles of border wall construction is set to begin. Officials in Washington say the wall construction will not take place at the National Butterfly Center or Bentsen State Park.
Officials also say border wall construction in Hidalgo could begin as soon as today. The Rio Grande Valley Levee Wall System project will begin on federal lands west of Green Road adjacent to Mission main canal. The wall will run along the existing levee where clearing has been taking place since February.
According to officials 6-miles of wall was to be constructed near that area. However, due to changes in the language of Fiscal Year 2019, funding for only 5-miles will be built and construction will not take place at Bentsen State Park or the National Butterfly Center.
Another approximate 8-miles of border wall will be built south of Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, Progreso, and Mercedes within Hidalgo County.
Last year congress appropriated the funds portions of border wall to be constructed in Hidalgo County and contracts were awarded late last year.
CBP officials adding the wall system will be similar to that which was built in 2008 which will include all weather roads, lighting, cameras, and other technologies.