In all, the complex of fences, concrete walls, trenches and razor wire is to run 425 miles and is one-fourth complete. It will cost Israel about $1.56 billion. Work had been scheduled to be finished by the end of next year.
That works out to $3.67 million per mile. To build an equivalent high security barrier along the almost 2000 mile US-Mexican order would therefore cost in the neighborhood of $7.34 billion.
An October 31, 2005 story puts the Israeli barrier at nearly 3/4ths complete with about 10% waiting for the outcome of court cases in Israel. Completion is expected at the end of 2006. Already the barrier has greatly decreased the frequency of terrorist attacks in Israel leading to a recently foiled Palestinian attempt to smuggle rocket construction specialists from Gaza to the West Bank.
In some sections the Israeli barrier is a layer of fences and sensors. In other areas it is a 25 foot high concrete wall. If anyone comes across detailed cost information on the per mile cost for each type of barrier section please post in the comments or send me an email.
These cost figures do not change the conclusion of my previous post "One Year Of Illegal Alien Health Care Costs Would Pay For Border Barrier".
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