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Final panel in border wall replacement project finished in San Diego

The portion was two decades old and gives border patrol the ability to see what is on the other side.
Posted at 8:38 AM, Aug 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-11 11:38:24-04

Workers have installed the last panel in a multi-million dollar border wall replacement project near San Diego.

The last panel of the 14-mile long wall was set in concrete on Friday.

It stretches from the ocean to the base of Otay Mountain.

The wall is made out of steel posts, is 18-feet high and has what is described as an "anti-climb plate" on top.

‘This Is Trump’s Wall’: 14-Mile Border Wall Replacement Completed In San Diego

The $147 million dollar construction project was approved in 2017.

It replaces the old border wall that was built in the 1990s out of scrap metal and was eight to 10-feet high.

"It certainly adds to our situational awareness because now we can see through the fence," Patrol agent Kathleen Scudder said. "We've always said we'd like to know what's on the other side of the fence so we can make sure our agents are safe and we know what is coming at them. Also, the height certainly takes away the ability for the adversary to be able to get on top of it and we can see them coming."

The border patrol says the new wall will help reduce the flow of human and drug trafficking in the region