Dec 132012

The hours of  operation for the dedicated NEXUS lane at the Summas / Abbotsford border crossing between Washington State and British Columbia have been reduced.  Effective December 10, 2012,  the dedicated NEXUS-only lane at the U.S. port will operate between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. seven days a week.  The hours for the Canadian NEXUS lanes have not changed, and remain 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days a week.

NEXUS is a joint U.S. Canadian program that provides expedited entry into either country at many air, land, and marine locations.   We have more information on the program on our page about the types of documentation you need to cross the border.

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Oct 212012

Construction of the Windsor-Essex Parkway in Windsor Canada will require numerous road closures and detours for both traffic and pedestrians over the next several years.   This will affect traffic using the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit Windsor Tunnel border crossings between the United States and Ontario Canada.

Windsor Essex Parkway Construction Updates

We will continue to update this post as new information becomes available so you should check back periodically.

Temporary Road Closures During Construction of the New Windsor Parkway

New Windsor-Essex Parkway Roundabout

New Windsor-Essex Parkway Roundabout

  • Update 12/1/12– Cousineau Road Closure and Diversion 14 Opening.  The intersection of Cousineau Rd and Highway 3 closed early Monday morning and will remain closed for approximately one year. This temporary closure is necessary to allow for the construction of the Cousineau Tunnel (T-9). During this closure, travellers should follow the marked detour(s).Diversion 14 (D-14) connecting Cousineau Road to Sandwich West Parkway and a new signalized intersection is now open. This diversion will be in use until approximately spring 2013. This diversion includes a pedestrian walkway which will allow pedestrians to safely cross Highway 3.
  • UPDATE: October 29, 2012 – Existing eastbound lanes of E.C. Row Expressway between Ojibway Parkway and Huron Church will be closed for approximately two years to allow construction of Bridge 3. E.C. Row Expressway will remain open, keeping a single lane of traffic in each direction on the existing westbound lanes. To maintain safety, the existing westbound lanes will be separated by temporary barriers and speed limit will be reduced from 100km/h to 80km/h.
  • Update October 30, 2012 – Access from Outer Drive to Highway 3 will be closed for approximately one month to enable the construction of the Outer Drive Connector. A detour route is in place.
  • A multi-lane roundabout will open to traffic around the end of October 2012 where the Howard Avenue Diversion (County Road 9) meets Highway 3 and Highway 401 on/off ramps.
  • Montgomery Drive at Highway 3 will be closed May 22, 2012 for approximately one year. Traffic will be detoured to Concession 6 and Howard Avenue.
  • Huron Church Road westbound right lane between Labelle Street and Todd Lane will be closed March 14, 2012 for approximately two and a half months.
  • Matchette Road eastbound on-ramp to E.C. Row will be closed March 15, 2012 for approximately two years. View the public notice English.
  • A portion of Bethlehem Avenue from Huron Church Road to Sixth Street will be closed for approximately one year beginning February 21, 2012.
  • Huron Church Road northbound right lane between Pulford Street and Grand Marais Road will be closed starting January 6 until June 2012.
  • Outer Drive south of Highway 3 will be closed starting at 8:00 a.m., Monday, October 24.
  • A portion of North Talbot Road will be closed for up to nine months starting at 3 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.
  • Todd Lane to Cabana (crossing Huron Church) will be moved to the north in June 2012 for one year

Permanent Road Closures From Construction of the New Windsor Parkway

  • Surrey Drive at Highway 3 was permanently closed on May 22, 2012.
  • Grosvenor Street at Highway 3 was permanently closed on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
  • A portion of Bethlehem Avenue from Huron Church Road to Sixth Street and Grosvenor Street at Highway 3 has  been permanently closed.
  • The road from Highway 3 leading into St. Clair College will be moved to the west by a few hundred meters starting in June 2012
  • Sandwich West Parkway (the road from Highway 3 to get to Windsor Crossings) will be moved a few hundred meters in October 2012
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Oct 182012

The Peace Arch border crossing in Washington state has reopened following the shooting of a Canadian border patrol officer on Tuesday October 16, 2012.   Traffic is now flowing both northbound and southbound with normal hours of operation.

The port was closed completely on Tuesday October 16th, but traffic heading into the states resumed on Wednesday.   The crossing was shut down as police investigated the shooting in which a Canadian border officer was injured.

Update 10/20/2012

As of Saturday October 20th the port into Canada is still not fully operational and drivers are facing longer than usual delays.


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Sep 242012

The U.S. / Canadian border crossing between Van Buren Maine and St. Leonard New Brunswick will be closed to all traffic on  Tuesday October 2, 2012.  Construction of a new road and  ramp at the port means that both northbound and southbound traffic will need to use alternative border crossings.   The U.S. and Canadian customs services expect to reopen the port for normal use on October 5th at 7am.  Detour signs will be placed on both sides of the border to direct travelers to alternate ports.

The Hamlin port of entry is approximately 10 miles south of Van Buren and will be open 24 hours a day during this time. The Madawaska port of entry, which is normally open 24 hours a day, is approximately 25 miles north.   Both locations are available to all traffic, passenger cars, commercial trucks and pedestrians.

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Jul 252012

Major road construction this summer on southbound Hwy 75 in Manitoba will slow traffic approaching the Emerson border crossing.   Work has begun on a significant upgrade to the southbound lanes of PTH 75 and it will last until at least the end of September.

During construction, at least one of the three southbound lanes of traffic will be closed and at times only one lane may be open.  The work is being done on weekdays only but lanes may still be restricted on weekends as well.   Access will remain available to the duty free shop and the Canada Border Services Agency facilities.

In addition, roadwork is being done on northbound Highway 75 near the town of Morris.   They are trying to complete that project sometime in the fall.

These two projects will at times cause significant traffic delays for travelers using the Emerson / Pembina border crossing between Manitoba and North Dakota.

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