City proposes alternative to suggested border wall
Mayor Pete Saenz and former City Manager Horacio De Leon presented an alternative to the proposed border wall.
The suggested design features green areas, a walkable road, and a barrier close to 20 feet high.
The partial government shutdown is at a stalemate and city leaders are considering their options in case the federal government chooses to impose a border wall.
The Rio Grande Vega Lands Master Plan is designed to give the area around the riverbank a much-needed facelift, while also providing an 18-foot-high bulkhead for border protection.
Tricia Cortez, with the Rio Grande International Study Center, says the bulkhead project makes sense for several reasons.
Cortez says the proposed 30-foot wall is susceptible to flooding, erosion, and ecological concerns. She adds that this plan could have a smaller footprint on the environment while giving Border Patrol a clear line of sight.
The price of the project when it was prepared 15 years ago, had an estimated cost of 80 million dollars.