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.
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.
Cerrudo Services was awarded this task order to design, fabricate and install approximately 1.07 miles of tactical infrastructure primary border fence along Paisano Drive in El Paso, TX.
The fence consisted of two main components: concrete vehicle barriers and mesh steel personnel fencing. The design phase included the development, submission and review of various approaches to meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection; Border Patrol. Following acceptance of an approved design, Cerrudo Services embarked on fabrication of the components and site mobilization and staging.
The project mandated a 60-day performance period, including design, which required that several activities proceed concurrently. In addition, the project’s location along one of the area’s busiest state routes increased the daily safety precautions, material and equipment deliveries and coordination efforts to extraordinary levels.