Construction may cause delays at Nogales port

Construction may cause delays at Nogales port

By Brandon Murphy. CREATED Feb 24, 2014

NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Traffic delays may be possible in the area of the Deconcini Port of Entry due to the installation of a new drive-through X-ray system.

The Z-Portal system resembles a car wash and uses low energy X-rays to scan cars suspected of transporting hidden contraband.

Customs and Border Protection advises the portal is safe for passengers as you would need to pass through 2,000 times before equaling the radiation exposure of a medical chest X-ray.

Passengers that are referred for a secondary inspection will however have the option of letting an officer drive the vehicle through for them.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Mariposa Port of Entry whenever possible, as construction of the system is expected to limit southbound traffic capabilities.

The Z-Portal is set to be completed by early April.