Douglas, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that construction to replace an estimated six miles of outdated primary pedestrian fence along the U.S-Mexico border adjacent to the City of Douglas in Arizona began last week - part of CBP's ongoing efforts to strengthen the security of the Southwest border in Arizona's Tucson Sector.
The project will replace "landing mat" fencing, originally constructed in the early 1990s, with new bollard fencing that is 18 feet high. The fencing will be located on both sides of the Port of Douglas. It will create 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. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2012.
"This fence project is a critical component to enhancing the safety and security of not only Border Patrol agents, but the community as well," said Tim Sullivan, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Douglas Station.
CBP has completed a total of approximately 650 miles of pedestrian and vehicle fence along the Southwest Border out of the 652 miles mandated by Congress.
CBP announced the JFC-AZ in February 2011 as an organizational realignment that brings together the Tucson Field Office, Tucson and Yuma Border Patrol Sectors and Air Branches under a unified command structure. JFC-AZ integrates CBP's border security, commercial enforcement and trade facilitation missions to more effectively meet the unique challenges faced in Arizona. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona or visit for more information.