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.