Tactical Infrastructure and Force Protection

Since 2012, Cerrudo Services has provided comprehensive tactical infrastructure maintenance and repair services along the California-Mexico border for the Department of Homeland Security. Contract value to date has exceeded $35,000,000. As part of a MATOC contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Cerrudo Services completed two primary border fence construction and two primary patrol road drainage construction projects for the Department of Homeland Security including both design-build and design-bid-build construction.

COMPREHENSIVE TACTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR, AREA 2

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  • Client: US Department of Homeland Security
  • Location: 247 Miles of Arizona / Mexico Border
  • Date: 2014-2016
  • Contract #: HSBP1011-C-00042
  • Value: $9,335,783

Project Details

As a subcontractor to KBR, Cerrudo is self-performing all fence and gate maintenance and repairs, road maintenance and construction, drainage and grate maintenance, debris removal and disposal, electrical and vegetation removal and disposal tasks in the Tucson Sector of the US-Mexico Border, encompassing activities along 247 miles of the remote border.  Each category of work are classified as Routine Work and Urgent Work.

Cerrudo has four crews responsible for above and below grade fence, gate and grate repairs, roadway maintenance including blading, grading, drainage, structure clearing and silt removal, culvert replacement, electrical service calls, line, pole and transformer replacement and vegetation control and debris removal.

Fence maintenance and repairs consists of repairing breaches to the multiple fence types along the border.  Fence types range from steel bollard, post and rail, wire mesh, Normandy style barriers, and legacy fence types.  Repairs to the fence involve steel and concrete work.  Concrete work includes foundation repairs and improvement modifications to install additional swing and lift gates for drainage.

Routine roadway work includes surface blading of roadways, ditches and embankments, roadway and pothole repairs, shoulder maintenance, tree removal and ditch cleaning and shaping.  Surface blading preserves the existing cross sections with surface irregularities eliminated and the surface left in a free-draining state.  On aggregate surface roads, where displaced aggregate cannot be recovered, surface course material is imported to bring the roadway back to the existing cross section of the adjacent undamaged segment.  Where needed the work includes adjusting low water crossings to match cross flow elevations.  On native surface roads, material generated from back slope sloughing and ditch cleaning is blended with the surface material being worked.   Intersection roads are bladed to assure proper blending of the two riding surfaces.  Each crew is equipped to maintain all roadway types.

Drainage maintenance includes culvert maintenance and cleaning, culvert replacement, ditch cleaning, riprap maintenance, riprap installation, silt fence repair, soils and geotextile stabilization.  Depending on the flow in the wash, riprap locations are grouted to secure the riprap.

The electrical crew responds to service calls and maintenance of the electric systems.  There is an average workload of 3-4 tasks per week for the electrical crew for service calls to replace lights, service gate motors and controls, service junction boxes and transformers and to perform line replacement.  Cerrudo performs routine maintenance of motorized vehicle access gates that range in size from 12’wide to 24’ wide.  Work includes maintenance of gate controls and gate mechanics, replacement of limit switches and infrared beams, replacement of control breakers and replacement of motors.  Lighting system maintenance and repair includes regular inspections and cleaning of the lights and light control panels, replacement of bulbs and ballasts, replacement of again breakers and photo-cells, and upgrades of the systems including new timers, feeders and vandal shields.  Lighting systems maintained include street lights, mid-height security lighting and 80’ tall stadium lights.

Vegetation and debris removal tasks for this contract are extensive.  The work has included debris removal from both the North and South sides of the border fence that accumulated following monsoon storm flows.  The debris removal has included silt and dirt deposits that have been carried by the storm flows as well as trash and debris.  The trash and debris includes a variety of items ranging from tires to mattresses to plastic bottles.  In most cases the work required Cerrudo to segregate trash, tires and debris from the dirt in order to properly dispose of all elements.  Dirt was then further segregated for use as rip-rap and backfill along sections of the border.  In all cases, the work was completed by Cerrudo’s crews using methods similar to those proposed for this project, specifically segregation through the use of excavators.

The vegetation control and removal tasks under this contract have included removal of vegetation that accumulated due to storm flows as well as trimming vegetation along the fence and border roads.  The work has been completed following the CBP Environmental Stewardship program along with specific requirements from other Federal Agencies such as the US National Park Service.  The vegetation removal has included both on-site disposal as well as trucking to a local landfill or other disposal site.

EL PASO SECTOR ROADS MAINTENANCE, DRAINAGE AND GRATES

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security, US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District
  • Location: Lordsburg, Deming, Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Isleta, Fabens and Fort Hancock, Texas
  • Date: 2013
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DY02
  • Value: $1,515,057

Project Details

Cerrudo Services maintained roadway and drainage items along portions of the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico and along access roads within the Area of Operation of the Office of the Border Patrol’s El Paso Sector, New Mexico and Texas.

Roadway maintenance included surface blading and associated surface repair for roadways, shoulders, embankments and roadside ditches.  Aggregate surface course was placed for roadway surface blading and resheeting.  Placement of engineered fill and associated earthwork activities were required to repair roadway sub-grade, roadway embankment erosion, erosion at riprap locations, erosion at wash/low water crossings, and to repair erosion at fence foundations.

Other maintenance tasks included repair of soil-cement stabilized roads, placement of sand stabilizer along the road surfaces, placement of rock riprap and grout, and removal of debris from low water crossings and culverts.

COMPREHENSIVE TACTICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR, AREA 1, CALIFORNIA, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security
  • Location: California / Mexico Border
  • Date: 2012-2019
  • Contract #: HSBP1012-C-00007 and HSBP1014-C-00072
  • Value: $35,418,052

Project Details

Cerrudo Services, as prime contractor, won the award of this Comprehensive Tactical Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair (CTIMR) contract in 2012.  Cerrudo won the re-compete of this contract in 2014 that will continue to November 2019. Cerrudo is self-performing 80% of the work. The catagories of work are: Fences and Gates, Roads and Bridges, Drainage and Grates, Lighting and Electrical and Vegetation Control and Debris Removal. For each category the classifications are Routine Work and Urgent Work. Several crews are required to accomplish the routine and urgent tasks under this contract. Currently, Cerrudo has three crews responsible for above and below grade fence, gate and grate repairs, roadway maintenance including blading, grading, drainage, structure clearing and silt removal, culvert replacement, electrical service calls, line, pole and transformer replacement and vegetation control and debris removal.

Routine and urgent work required for the maintenance and repair of the fences and gates entails a wide range of tasks. The amount of repair tasks for a typical 12-week work period includes both above and below grade repairs and maintenance for up to 60 urgent and routine tasks.Routine roadway work includes surface blading of roadways, ditches and embankments, roadway and pothole repairs, shoulder maintenance, tree removal and ditch cleaning and shaping. Surface blading preserves the existing cross sections with surface irregularities eliminated and the surface left in a free-draining state and to the smoothness needed to facilitate traffic. On aggregate surface roads, where displaced aggregate cannot be recovered, surface course material is imported to bring the roadway back to the existing cross section of the adjacent undamaged segment. On native surface roads, material generated from backslope sloughing and ditch cleaning is blended with the surface material being worked. Intersection roads are bladed to assure proper blending of the two riding surfaces. Each crew is equipped to maintain all roadway types, culvert replacement, culvert and ditch cleaning, riprap maintenance, silt fence repair, soils and geotextile stabilization.The electrical crew responds to service calls and maintenance of the electric systems. There is an average workload of 3-4 tasks per week for the electrical crew for service calls to replace lights, service gate motors and controls, service junction boxes and transformers and to perform line replacement.

Vegetation control consists of mowing lawns and brush, and subsequent debris removal at the same time as the maintenance and repair activities in the area. All debris removed is transported to an approved disposal site.

Cerrudo is providing program management to provide a system for monitoring the costs and performance of the work. The CBP provided a web based management system (WMS) that establishes work elements and issues work requests to Cerrudo. The system also tracks completion time and schedule and costs for each work element. Cerrudo has been instrumental in establishing the use of the WMS within CBP. Cerrudo has also helped establish protocols for responding to urgent fence breaches and repair work elements, developing future work plans and tasks and tracking the costs for the overall program.

EL PASO SECTOR FENCE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: New Mexico and Texas
  • Date: 2012
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002 / DY01
  • Value: $1,549,498

Project Details

Cerrudo Services was awarded this task order for the maintenance of 268 miles of Primary Border Fence along the New Mexico and Texas border with Mexico. Cerrudo’s responsibilities were to repair damage and breeches to the fence within 24 hours from notification as well as to provide monthly routine gate maintenance.

Upon receiving a daily damage report, Cerrudo Services created a CPM schedule of tasks required to complete the repair work within 24 hours. Resource allocation (labor, equipment and material) for each repair response crew is determined by the Project Manager who dispatched a minimum two person work crew or multiple work crews depending upon the magnitude, complexity and location of the damages reported. Cerrudo self performed all the work on this contract, providing adequate resources to conduct multiple repair activities simultaneously.

Repair reports are submitted within 48 hours of the completed repairs. The repair reports include digital photography of the fence damage and digital photography of the fence after repair.

CONSTRUCTION OF SECTION K-2C GAP CLOSURE PRIMARY BORDER FENCE

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: US1BWC Levee, Texas
  • Date: 2012
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002 / DM07
  • Value: $3,577,849

Project Details

Cerrudo Services constructed the gap closure at the K-2C primary border fence along the US1BWC Levee in Texas.  The K-2C Gap closure was a logistically complex construction project that required work in nine locations over a distance of approximately ten miles.  The fence and gates were constructed at the crest of the US side of the levee crown road between the road and an irrigation canal.  During construction of the project the canal was filled with flowing water which restricted access and usable work area on the U.S. side of the construction centerline.  The slide gate design requirements, gate fabrication time, access restrictions and the impact of work progress associated with concrete cure time duration mandated a perfectly executed contract to meet the 120 calendar day completion date.

EL PASO SECTOR MAJOR FENCE MAINTENANCE

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: 268 Miles Border Fence, El Paso Sector, New Mexico and Texas
  • Date: 2011
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DM06
  • Value: $816,870

Project Details

Cerrudo Services’ responsibilities on this task order for the maintenance of 268 miles of Primary Border Fence along and New Mexico and Texas border with Mexico were to repair damage and breeches to the fence within 24 hours from notification as well as to provide monthly routine gate maintenance.

Repairs were undertaken on bollards, chain link fence and tension wire, severed posts, welds, foundations, landing mats and expanded metal and gates.  Cable and tension wire were replaced and burrowing holes on the levee were backfilled with soil and compacted.  Burrowed holes under concrete barriers were backfilled with concrete.

EL PASO TEXAS STATIONS ROAD MAINTENANCE, DEBRIS REMOVAL AND VEGETATION CONTROL

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: El Paso Sector, Fabens and Fort Hancock Stations, Texas
  • Date: 2011
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DM04
  • Value: $712,786

Project Details

Cerrudo Services self performed road maintenance, debris removal and vegetation control work along border patrol roads at Fabens and Fort Hancock Stations, Texas in the El Paso Sector, know as Texas Stations.

Cerrudo surface bladed All Weather Roads (Type FC-2) and shoulders during routine maintenance activities.  Drainage ditches were excavated of silt as required and graded to drain if necessary.  Cerrudo surface bladed Graded Dirt Roads (Type FC-3) and shoulders during routine maintenance activities.  Where surface road embankments were damaged from erosion the slope was lightly scarified, moisture conditioned, imported engineered fill added and proof rolled.  Drainage ditches were excavated of silt as required and graded to drain if necessary.

Six times within the contract duration Cerrudo removed silt build-up in areas where wind and storm water erosion deposits occurred.  Abandoned silt fences and other abandoned construction debris were removed.  Domestic trash, rocks, fallen trees, loose branches, brush windfalls, logs, roots, stumps, stubs and all other loose obstructions were removed.  Debris was crushed and disposed of in an approved location off site.

Six times within the contract duration Cerrudo removed vegetation including bushes, reeds, weeds and grasses within the maintenance area by mowing or cutting down to 5” above grade.  The cut vegetative material was removed from the site daily.

DEMING AND LORDSBURG STATIONS ROAD MAINTENANCE AND DEBRIS REMOVAL

  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: Lordsburg-Deming Stations, NM
  • Date: 2010
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DM03
  • Value: $1,041,718

Project Details

Cerrudo Services maintained and repaired, and removed debris from the border patrol roads at Deming and Lordsburg Stations, New Mexico.  Road maintenance priority areas were agreed upon and the highest priority sections were maintained first.

Equipment used for maintenance activities included motor graders, dump trucks, backhoes, smooth and pad foot compactors and skip loaders.  The purpose of surface blading was to keep a native or aggregate roadbed in a condition to facilitate traffic and provide proper drainage.  Work included maintaining the crown, inslope or outslope of the traveled way, turnouts, and shoulders, as well as berm repair; blending approach road intersections, and cleaning bridge decks, roadside ditches, drainage dips and lead-off ditches.

Surface repair of potholes, ruts, depressions, and soft spots included preparation, importation, placement and compaction of repair fill material.  The sub grade was scarified and the fill material placed and proof rolled for compaction.  Additional material was imported where original aggregate surface course material could not be recovered and graded and compacted to match the original cross section and line.

Debris such as silt build-up, domestic trash, rocks, fallen trees, branches, brush windfalls, logs, roots and stumps in the roadway corridor were removed from the work site at the end of each shift.

EL PASO SECTOR FENCE DRAINAGE IMPROVEMENTS

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: Deming-Santa Teresa Stations, NM
  • Date: 2010
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DM05
  • Value: $933,699

Project Details

Cerrudo Services provided fence drainage improvements along the Deming and Santa Teresa Stations, New Mexico portion of border patrol roads.  Post and rail vehicle fences required excavation and rock placement, and washes required a Normandy style vehicle barrier to be temporarily removed to accommodate excavation and rock placement under the foot print of the barriers.  Cerrudo excavated drainage areas and off hauled excavated material, prepared excavated areas and placed geotextile material for erosion prevention.  Rip rap to existing elevation was placed where required.

After layout erosion and site controls were installed, the foot print of the drainage structure was proof rolled to determine deflection caused by soft undesirable material.  Soft or unsuitable material was removed or over excavated and replaced with engineered fill, then compacted.

At some wash locations the excavation was completed up to the face of the foundation of the pedestrian fence with the excavator.  Once the bottom of the excavation was prepared, geotextile was placed on the bottom and sides and pinned in place.  The rip rap was staged near the excavation and placed and dressed with a loader and excavator.

At one 2,000 LF continuous wash area a Normandy style vehicle fence was temporarily removed.  The connecting sleeve welds were cut with a grinder so that they can be reused.  Each section of the drainage structure, where the fence was temporarily removed, was completed and the fence section replaced at the end of each shift until all of the wash construction was completed.

SECTION K5 GAP CLOSURE PRIMARY BORDER FENCE

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  • Client: Department of Homeland Security / US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Location: El Paso, TX
  • Date: 2010
  • Contract #: W912BV-08-D-2002-DM02
  • Value: $1,947,747

Project Details

Cerrudo Services constructed the Section K5 Gap Closure in the Primary Border Fence in El Paso, Texas.  Site work began with widening the levee.  Small sections of the inside of the levee were benched, filled and compacted in lifts to create the wider levee.

Following the levee widening activity, the irrigation canal slope was cut back to the designed grade and excavated material was removed from the site.  Aggregate surface course was graded and compacted to seal the new fill material.

Concrete barriers were placed on the imported fill material compacted over the prepared existing grade.  Fence was installed as panels suspended into the cast in place foundation.  Barriers were placed and then the bollards inserted into the sleeves, and welded in place.  The panels and bollards were lifted in place by a truck crane.

The gates were fabricated and installed at the end of the project.