Lordsburg – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Lordsburg will soon have a new facility to match their increasing duties along New Mexico's southwestern border and southeastern Arizona.
The new station will provide a base of operations for up to 350 agents to cover the nearly 4,000 square miles they are charged with protecting. The station will also have the capacity to house more than 100 detainees.
Agents were recently joined by local dignitaries, military personnel and government officials to ceremonially break ground on the $25 million facility.
The project, located just off Interstate 10, is expected to last 21 months. Completion is expected in 2012.
The station will feature the first wind-powered electric generator in the Border Patrol and a photovoltaic solar array.
It will be the newest of six stations in New Mexico.
Information from: Headlight, http://www.demingheadlight.com
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.