CALEXICO -- United States military troops on Friday will begin painting a one-mile section of the border barrier near the port of entry and extending west toward the Gran Plaza outlets.

The purpose of the $150,000 painting project is to improve the barrier’s aesthetic appearance. The project is expected to be completed in 30 days, a Customs and Border Protection official said.

The painting project is also expected to provide operational benefits by making it more difficult for illegal border crossers to camouflage themselves as well as scale the barrier’s steel bollards, CBP reported.

The potential operational benefits were first observed in the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, where in March the CBP had applied paint to multiple locations along the international barrier in Nogales, Ariz., the agency reported.

The request for the painting project was made to the U.S. Department of Defense for support, with CBP paying for the paint and associated materials and equipment.

The project is being funded with CBP tactical infrastructure maintenance funding, the agency reported.

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