Aging Douglas port getting another makeover as plans to build new facility move slowly

Douglas Port of Entry. / City of Douglas. / AZBEX.


By Rafael Carranza | Arizona Republic

On any given day, the limitations on this border community’s aging port of entry are apparent, and the problems keep adding up over time.

Passenger cars waiting to cross into the United States routinely weave through heavy traffic among 18-wheelers that must navigate strikingly sharp turns to access the commercial gate nearby.

The sharp turns are the same reason a rising number of passenger buses crossing through Douglas must use the widest lane, which is also used for expedited crossings. That causes delays at times.

“It just gets to be incredibly tight,” said Isidro Lagos, the assistant port director. “And it is truly a ballet.”


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