ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
On January 31, 2007, surveyors for Tetra Tech (contractor for the 1.5 mile I-1Afence project in Columbus, NM) discovered the alignment of the existing post andrail permanent vehicle barrier (PVB) gradually curved to within 8 inches north of the International Border east of the Columbus Port of Entry.
Short Term Objective is to halt all military fence projects and improve thecurrent command and control of National Guardsmen conductingconstruction in the Deming Area.
Mid Term Objective is to contract a professional survey team to confirmthe existing location of the International line as well as the existing PVBeast of the Columbus POE. Tetra Tech surveyors have completed what isdirectly related to their 1.5 mile project.
Mid Term Objective #2 is to work with Tetra Tech engineers to decide the best approach for correcting approximately 2 tenths of a mile west fromthe east end of I-1A in order to expand the existing 8 inch work zone to aminimum 2 foot work zone between the International line and the existingPVB.
Long Term Objective #1 is for the National Guard to maintain a proper level of supervision on future projects.
Long Term Objective #2 is to complete the 1.5 mile retro fit of PPB to thePVB (I-1A)
On 10/23/2006, Task Force Zia began construction of 5 miles of PVB beginningapproximately 2 miles east of the Columbus POE. The PVB installation began atMonument 21 and continued east. Task Force Zia, as per signed SOP, agreed tomaintain a four to five foot “easement” from the International line to the PVB(See attachment.)
Task Force Zia continued installing PVB as required with the knowledge thatretrofit project I-1A would commence in the near future.
Preconstruction meeting with Tetra Tech and USACE Project Managers istentatively set for 2
week in February with construction beginning immediatelythere after.
CHALLENGES / CONCERNS
Creating a minimum 2 foot work zone at the existing 8 inch work zone for 2tenths of a mile section of the previously installed PVB.
Adjusting plans and contracts to address the installation of 2 tenths of a mile of “stand alone” PPB. No retrofit. (After consultation with Tetra Tech designers.)
Minimizing impact on contract budget, timelines, and approved plans.