KPHO Channel 5
October 11, 2011
by Phil Benson
DOUGLAS, AZ (KPHO) -
Construction to replace an estimated six miles of outdated primary pedestrian fence along the U.S-Mexico border adjacent to the City of Douglas in Arizona began last week.
The project will replace landing mat fencing originally constructed in the early 1990s, with new fencing that is 18 feet high, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release.
The fencing will be located on both sides of the Port of Douglas. The project should be completed by next March and will make the fencing significantly more difficult to breach.
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.