Contracts to be awarded soon for border wall

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's border wall.

The agency says on a website for federal contactors that a request for bids will be published early next month. Companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10.

Finalists will have to have their proposals and prices in by March 24.

Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference today that construction will start "very soon" and is ahead of schedule.