Washington / Building a wall on the US-Mexico border like the one requested by US President Donald Trump would take more than 10 years and would require some 10,000 workers.
The Washington Post asked several engineers and builders how they would plan the project to build a border wall that follows the 1,600-kilometre design that Trump demands.
The results determined that completing the wall would require 10 years and employ about 10,000 workers.
In addition, according to engineers, with the 5,7 billion dollars that Trump claims and for which he has a dispute with the Democratic leadership in Congress, which has caused the current partial closure of the administration, only 370 kilometres of barrier would be lifted.
The total cost of the project would be at least 25,000 million dollars, according to estimates by Ed Zarenski, a professor of building calculations at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
“I would not say it’s impossible, but you have to take into account certain engineering considerations,” said Zarenski, who has worked for 30 years calculating projects for the construction company Gilbane, one of the most important in the country.
Among the aspects to take into account, the specialist said that the landscape of the border is singularly remote and difficult.
On the other hand, before starting the works, it would be necessary to carry out “soil and environmental studies”, create a road to allow the passage of excavators and trucks as well as buy some land.
Just last night, Trump defended the construction of his wall as a solution to a “humanitarian crisis and increasing security on the border.”
The latest project presented by the president uses steel as its main material, something that would bring more cost to the budget due to the shortage of raw material and its high price, said the specialist.
Previously, the concrete industry saw a business opportunity in the border wall, since in the beginning it was going to be of this material as Trump promised, recalled Gary Wineck, director of construction at the University of Texas, who considered the change of opinion because concrete would give many stability problems.
“Logistics is not going to kill the project, but it will be a challenge,” Wineck said. (January 10, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)
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la construcción de un muro.
el derribo de un muro.
el estado de conservación de un muro.
se sitúa en la frontera entre México y EE.UU.
se sitúa en la frontera norte de EE.UU.
se sitúa en la frontera sur de México.
en una década.
en un par de años.
en un par de décadas.
habría que contratar a millones de obreros.
se necesitaría a un docena de miles de obreros.
solo se necesitaría a unos cientos de obreros.
No se sabe.
se evite utilizar acero.
se utilicen materiales muy baratos.
se utilice acero.
es prácticamente imposible.
no es muy complicada.
no será fácil.
todavía no ha comenzado.
comenzó desde hace más de una década.
comenzó con la llegada de Trump.
300 vehículos cruzan la frontera.
unos 300.000 vehículos cruzan la frontera.
300 millones de vehículos cruzan la frontera.
No se sabe.
una máquina para levantar peso.
una máquina para excavar.