Douglas International Commercial Port-Of-Entry Connector Road Study

Douglas International Commercial Port-Of-Entry Connector Road Study

About the project

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, US General Services Administration (GSA), the city of Douglas and Cochise County, is evaluating alternatives for a connector road from the new Douglas International Port of Entry (IPOE) to State Route 80.

Currently, there is no all-weather roadway that exists in the study area. The primary goal of this study is to recommend a preferred connector road location and roadway design that can safely accommodate the commercial vehicle traffic. The study will not involve the construction of the connector road, as the purpose is to evaluate and propose the best alternative for the connector road.

Fact Sheet English

Fact Sheet Spanish




Project Map


English Map
Douglas International Commercial POE Connector Road Study Map Eng

Mapa Español
Douglas International Commercial POE Connector Road Study Map Español

The project is located in unincorporated Cochise County approximately 4.5 miles west of the city of Douglas limits and the existing Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas, Arizona. The project study area is bounded by State Route (SR) 80 to the north, the international border with Mexico to the south, Brooks Road to the west, and James Ranch Road to the east. The study area currently consists of mixed land uses, including commercial, residential, and vacant land.

James Ranch Road is an existing two-lane dirt road that extends approximately one mile south of SR 80. Infrastructure in the general vicinity includes the existing U.S. Border Patrol Station located south of SR 80 and east of James Ranch Road in the northwest quadrant of Kings Highway and West Puzzi Ranch Road.


Study Process

Study Objectives and Timeline

Anticipated to be constructed approximately 4.5 miles west of the existing international port of entry IPOE, this Phase 1 – Study will develop, evaluate, and recommend the location of the Connector Road. The Study will be documented in a Design Concept Report (DCR) and Environmental Assessment (EA). The Phase II – Final Design will involve the preparation of the construction documents based on the recommended improvements from Phase 1.

Meeting Information and Notices

In-Person Open house

The study team will hold an in-person open house to present the project to the public.

The open house will be held:

Douglas Visitor Center
345 16th St
Douglas, AZ 85607
April 27, 2023,
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Study team members will be available to answer any questions about the study.

The comment period following the first open house will close on May 19, 2023. Comments can be made online using the online comment form in English or Spanish.


Contact Us

Stay Informed


ADOT welcomes your questions or comments. Please feel free to contact us in any of the following ways:

  • Online: Submit a question or comment through the online comment form at
  • By e-mail[email protected]
  • By phone: Call the toll-free Bilingual Project Information Line at 1.855.753.5327
  • By mail: Write to ADOT Community Relations, c/o 1221 S 2nd Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713.
  • For information about current project-related restrictions and closures, please visit or call 511, except while driving.

ADOT will provide more information about the project as information becomes available. If you would like to receive updates on the Douglas Connector Road Study, please subscribe for email updates.