U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced that construction to replace an estimated 2.8 miles of outdated primary pedestrian fence along the U.S-Mexico border adjacent to the city of Nogales, Ariz., will begin in mid-March, and is part of CBP’s ongoing efforts to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 1994 with a new 18-foot bollard fence design on either side of the DeConcini Land port of entry. The new fence will increase deterrence by raising the overall height and providing a deeper, more robust below grade foundation—making it significantly more difficult to breach. The project is scheduled to be completed in September 2011.
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.