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As you head to the U.S. / Canadian border this summer you are likely to be greeted with either construction projects or perhaps a newly improved port.   The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is in the process of upgrading almost half of the U.S. ports along the border while Canada is also doing upgrades and road repairs.

The U.S. is constructing an entirely new facility at the Van St Leonard-Van Buren Bridge between Maine and New Brunswick.  It is  scheduled for completion by July 2013.

Among the newly upgraded U.S. border offices are the the Sherwood / Carievale and Westhope / Coulter ports in North Dakota.   These new U.S. border facilities were funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Canada is closing the NEXUS lanes at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge for 2 days while construction is underway at that port.  They are also closing the Thousand Islands Bridge NEXUS lands for an undetermined amount of time during construction at that site.   The lane normally dedicated to NEXUS will be used to process commercial vehicles during the construction period.

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