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Work begins on Trump’s border wall with Mexico, here’s what prototypes look like

The contractors are erecting eight prototypes in San Diego — four made of concrete and four of other materials. Construction will last about 30 days.

world Updated: Oct 06, 2017 12:10 IST
Picture of a prototype of US President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall being built near San Diego, in the US.
Picture of a prototype of US President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall being built near San Diego, in the US.(AFP Photo)

The federal government has given the media a first peek at construction of prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico.

Crews working Wednesday on two of the eight prototypes moved dirt, with one of the crews also installing steel reinforcing bars before concrete is poured.

The contractors are erecting eight prototypes in San Diego — four made of concrete and four of other materials. Construction will last about 30 days.

Crews working Wednesday on two of the eight prototypes moved dirt, with one of the crews also installing steel reinforcing bars before concrete is poured.

US Customs and Border Protection may pick several designs, or none. They agency says in a press release that the designs will inform standards for future construction.

People work in San Diego, California, U.S., at the construction site of prototypes for U.S. President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico, in this picture taken from the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana, Mexico October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY (REUTERS)

The prototypes will be up to 30 feet high (9 metres high) and 30 feet long.

Construction is starting three months behind schedule after losing bidders lodged protests that were ultimately unsuccessful.

The construction of a border wall with Mexico has been one of Trump’s contentious campaign promises, with the famous chant being: “Build the wall.” The US President has previously said the neighbouring country will pay for the wall while Mexican authorities have outrightly refused.