Construction crews have been at work in recent days preparing to install a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border in a rural stretch of eastern Santa Cruz County near the Patagonia Mountains. The project site runs through the Coronado National Forest, east of where the Santa Cruz River crosses the border and west of Lochiel.

It appeared that no new sections of wall had been erected at the construction site by Thursday morning, but tractor-trailers traveling down a widened, graded gravel road had already delivered more than 150 segments of fencing, each consisting of eight steel bollards and anti-climbing plates.


Heavy machinery clears the way for a new border wall east of Nogales on Thursday.

Border wall

Seen here in August, the north-flowing Santa Cruz River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border east of Nogales. This spot was targeted for a new border barrier, but no work was underway as of Thursday.

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