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New traffic signals for Douglas cross-border traffic

Commerical trucks, private vehicles to have dedicated lanes

New traffic signals at the Douglas Port of Entry will separate commercial trucks from private passenger vehicles near the international border.

A third lane leading to the border crossing was to be opened Wednesday morning, a news release from the Arizona Department of Transportation said. 

The left lane of Pan American Avenue (U.S. 191B) will serve commercial trucks; the middle and right lanes will be open to all other traffic.

Metered signals directing drivers to the correct lanes will be tested in the days prior to the traffic control change.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has called the Douglas crossing the "second-largest commercial port in the state." About 5.5 million people cross the border at the port every year.

ADOT officials did not respond to requests for information on the cost of the project.

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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