Govern­ment gives glimpse of bor­der wall pro­to­type work

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The fed­eral govern­ment gave the me­dia a first peek Wed­nes­day at con­struc­tion of pro­to­types for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pro­posed bor­der wall.

Crews work­ing on two of the eight pro­to­types moved dirt, with one of the crews also in­stalling steel re­in­forc­ing bars be­fore con­crete is poured.

Each crew gets only 60 square feet (18.2 square me­ters) to work on their pro­to­type, prompt­ing some to do assem­bly work else­where be­fore moving the struc­ture to their des­ig­nated po­si­tion.

Con­trac­tors have 30 days to fin­ish.

The rect­an­gu­lar con­struc­tion zone is fenced off from pub­lic view­ing in a re­mote area of San Diego along the Mex­ico bor­der.

The mod­els will be tested for the abil­ity to with­stand sus­tained drilling with power tools and to de­ter crossers with anti-climb­ing fea­tures. They also must be aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing from the north side.

The govern­ment will con­sider the mod­els to guide the pro­posed con­struc­tion on the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200 kilo­me­ter) bor­der with Mex­ico. Trump says he wants them to be see-through.

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