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Customs and Border Protection Completes Project To Replace Outdated Fencing in Douglas

Release Date: 
February 15, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZ.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials today announced the completion of construction replacing an estimated 6.1 miles of outdated primary pedestrian fencing along the U.S-Mexico border adjacent to the city of Douglas.

A portion of the newly constructed border fence in Douglas, Ariz.

A portion of the newly constructed border fence in Douglas, Ariz.

The project began in early October as part of CBP's ongoing effort to strengthen the security of Arizona's border with Mexico by replacing "landing mat" style fencing, originally constructed in the early 1990s, with an 18-foot bollard style fence on both sides of the Douglas port of entry. The new fence establishes better levels of persistent impedance by raising the overall height and providing a deeper, more robust below-grade foundation in areas susceptible to erosion - making it significantly more difficult to breach.

A close up section of the new fence in Douglas, Ariz.

A close up section of the new fence in Douglas, Ariz.

"This new fencing will greatly hinder transnational criminal organizations from attempting to commit their criminal acts and allow our agents to see threats more easily, thus keeping our communities safer for our friends and families," said Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Richard A. Barlow.

Of the 262 linear miles of border Tucson Sector is responsible for securing, approximately 210 miles have some type of pedestrian and vehicle fencing.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017