Border Wall Prototypes for…how much?!!
What Might the Border Wall actually cost?
I make no opinion about the Border Wall except that (a) like its predecessors, I think it will never be built, and (b) it will cost too much money and not be cost effective. I say this after reading some of the recent border wall articles, like from the LA Times, and the actual RFP from the Department of Homeland Security.
After reading the RFP, I did a back of the envelope calculation:
- I looked at the RFP for the Border Wall. “The estimated price range for the solid concrete wall prototype is between $200,000 and $500,000.”
- The Prototype is 30 feet long. The Border is slightly less than 2000 miles. Let’s convert that to feet and round that down, for simplicity, to 10,000,000 feet.
- Let’s assume the wall then costs $250,000 for every thirty feet of wall, at most. (This is probably not a crazy amount).
- This brings the possible cost of the entire wall, to: $83,333,333,333.
That’s before change orders.
Is my math correct? Does anyone see it differently?