Douglas port needs major upgrades, congresswoman says

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DOUGLAS, AZ (AP) -

A U.S. congresswoman says the port of entry in Douglas, Arizona, is in desperate need of repair and upgrades.

The port accounts for nearly $4 billion in trade and sees 1.6 million cars pass through, but it was built in 1933 and hasn't been renovated in 20 plus years.

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U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican, is asking Customs and Border Protection to speed up a modernization project that includes the construction of a new commercial port.

Douglas is on the border with the Mexican city of Agua Prieta.

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McSally, who is running for re-election, says the port doesn't have the adequate infrastructure to handle all the traffic.

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