TUCSON, ARIZ.—The Tucson Sector Border Patrol checkpoint on State Route 90 near Huachuca City re-opens tonight after a four-month project designed to reduce wait times for motorists and improve working conditions for agents.
The new design has two lanes to allow for improved traffic flow and shorter wait times. In addition, a 65-foot canopy was added to create a safer environment for agents conducting checkpoint operations. These improvements give agents the ability to operate the checkpoint more efficiently, 24 hours per day.
Checkpoint operations are a vital part of the Border Patrol's "Defense in Depth" strategy to hinder criminal organizations attempting to transport contraband into the United States by restricting routes of egress from the border region. Through improved infrastructure, advanced technology and increases in personnel, Border Patrol agents are making significant progress toward establishing a secure and safe border environment while improving the quality of life for Arizona's communities.
The recently completed project was managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under a permit from the Arizona Department of Transportation, which operates and maintains the highway.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877)-872-7435 toll free.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.