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GSA, Nogales Stakeholders Discuss Deconcini Port of Entry Feasibility Study

Study to examine community impacts of port expansion and modernization project

NOGALES, Ariz. ㅡ The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) met with community stakeholders in Nogales, Arizona, on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 to discuss a planned feasibility study for the Dennis DeConcini Land Port of Entry (LPOE). The study is a technical analysis of the proposed modernization and expansion project for the port to determine its feasibility and make a formal recommendation of whether to proceed. The study would also provide insight into how the proposed project would increase port security and improve the efficiency of travel and trade. 

“The DeConcini LPOE struggles to accommodate current and projected traffic volumes,” said Anthony Kleppe, LPOE Program Manager for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region. “This study is one of the first steps in GSA’s planning process because it helps identify the project’s goals and priorities by incorporating community feedback. This helps ensure that GSA is able to deliver a port project that aligns with customer and local development goals. It’s just one of the ways our agency strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where we operate.”

Elected official representatives, federal, state and local government officials, business groups, regional stakeholders, and community leaders participated in the discussion that was held at the Santa Cruz County Government Complex. GSA presented the findings of a recently completed technical assistance study and how a similar study for Nogales might help incorporate regional planning goals into GSA’s DeConcini LPOE project. GSA also discussed the City of Nogales’ Community Plan and the State of Sonora’s Infrastructure and Mobility studies. 

In March 2022, Congress appropriated $500,000 for the DeConcini LPOE modernization and expansion feasibility study that is expected to start December 2022 and conclude in December 2023. 


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