Feds cite need for two port solution

A feasibility study of the Douglas Port of Entry has confirmed a need for a two-port solution in order to modernize the Douglas Port of Entry. / File photo by Mark Levy / Douglas Dispatch

 

Representatives from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) were in Douglas last week announcing that the Feasibility Study, which began in the fall of 2017, confirmed a need for a two-port solution in order to modernize the Douglas Port of Entry.

Anthony Kleppe, Region 9 Program Coordinator, indicated that “GSA and Customs and Border Protection have determined that the combined commercial and noncommercial facilities are not feasible given the conflicts in the City of Douglas and the limitations of space in Agua Prieta.”

The City of Douglas and its various stakeholders including the Douglas Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Douglas Industrial Development Authority, the Douglas International Port Authority and Cochise County have been advocating for two years that the long term solution for the border crossing issues at Douglas requires the relocation of commercial operations to a new port of entry to the west and dedicating the existing port of entry to cars, pedestrians and other forms of non-commercial traffic.

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