Recently, several factors have emerged placing Rolle Airfield in an increasingly important role in the region's future. The YCAA has partnered with citizens, businesses and government organizations in the Yuma County area including the cities of San Luis, the City of Yuma and Town of Somerton, as well as, community organizations, airport users, airport tenants, area-wide and local planning agencies, aviation organizations and government agencies including the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Yuma Proving Grounds, U.S. Border Patrol, the Greater Yuma Port Authority and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
In November 2010, the Department of Homeland Security opened a new commercial Port of Entry (POE) in the City of San Luis. The POE is located approximately two miles directly south of Rolle Field. Identified as San Luis II, the POE was developed to expand the capacity of the original port. Because expansion of the existing port was limited by existing city infrastructure, San Luis II was developed to provide a separate POE for commercial traffic. The new port consists of an 80-acre site and includes three incoming lanes from Mexico and two outgoing lanes into Mexico. There is an Arizona Department of Transportation facility next to the new port where state officials conduct safety inspections, collect fees and issue permits. The facility is expected to handle approximately 40,000 trucks per year. New State Highway 195 opened in 2009 to provide a direct link from the new Port of Entry to Interstate 8. Known as the Robert A. Vaughan Expressway, the four lane highway is designed to expedite the flow of commercial traffic between the United States and Mexico by channeling large tractor-trailers through the new port. It also provides a more direct route for motorists traveling between the border and east Yuma and the Foothills. Rolle Airfield provides immediate access to the San Luis II POE by air.
The Greater Yuma Port Authority along with area developers have created a large commercial industrial park area adjacent to San Luis II. For more information about the Greater Yuma Port Authority and development opportunities, please visit their website: https://www.gypa.org.