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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - Obp006168-Obp006171 Issue Pvb Mon 20 to 21 (Final) 4

CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence: 11/9/10 - Obp006168-Obp006171 Issue Pvb Mon 20 to 21 (Final) 4

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CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 11/9/10;
CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; FOIA Request: CREW: U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Regarding Border Fence; Holder of Document: CREW; Producing Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Date Received: 11/9/10;

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ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC
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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.
DESIRED OUTCOME
:
o
 
Short Term Objective is to halt all military fence projects and improve thecurrent command and control of National Guardsmen conductingconstruction in the Deming Area.
o
 
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.
o
 
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.
o
 
Long Term Objective #1 is for the National Guard to maintain a proper level of supervision on future projects.
o
 
Long Term Objective #2 is to complete the 1.5 mile retro fit of PPB to thePVB (I-1A)
BACKGROUND
:
 
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
nd
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.
OBP006168
 
 OPTIONS
:
 
In order to obtain the minimum 2 foot work zone, removal of 2 tenths of a milesection of PVB and replace with “stand alone” PPB.
o
 
Pros: Will provide ample room for the installation of the new PPB.
o
 
Cons: Will require modification to plans, budget, and installation procedures due to this section of PPB being “stand alone” not retrofitted.
 
In order to obtain the minimum 2 foot work zone, remove and replace the existing2 tenths of a mile of PVB.
o
 
Pros: Will provide ample room for the installation of the new PPB and provide the original base. No plan, budget or installation modificationsrequired for the future PPB.
o
 
Cons: Destabilization of local soils.
 
Leave existing PVB in place.
o
 
Pros: No adjustments to budget, plans, or timelines
o
 
Cons: Approximate 8 inch work zone with ultimate 2 inch distance between the International line and PPB.
RECOMMENDATION
:
 
Future fence projects must receive approval for the installation of certified surveymarkers depicted along specific points the length of each project to provide aninimitable marker as reference for construction activities.
 
Contract surveyors tasked with scheduled site visits for validation purposes.
 
Attachments-SOP for Task Force Zia describing their scope of work -Photo’s of affected PVB.
 
OBP006169
 
 
OBP006170
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