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10/23/2018 02:26 PM

Federal and State officials announce completion of Pembina border crossing upgrades

Today, federal and state officials from US Customs and Border Protection, US Department of State, US General Services Administration, Federal Highway Administration and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) announced the completion of border crossing upgrades at the Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today with representatives from the US congressional delegation, federal agencies, state and local officials.

“The substantial improvements made to traffic flow, technology and safety at this Port of Entry will enhance the movement of people and goods between our two countries and further strengthen North Dakota’s relationship with our neighbor and No. 1 trading partner,” says Governor Doug Burgum. “Congratulations to all of the partners who worked on this important project.”

The $9.7 million project included constructing new lanes of traffic to segregate commercial traffic from primary traffic, relocating the outbound inspection area and duty free pick-up to a location accessible to commercial and primary automobile traffic, constructing auto and truck parking areas, installing Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology and a pedestrian crossing.  In addition the project addresses the increased transportation demand, improves system linkage and safety for Port of Entry staff as well as facilitate international trade between the United States and Canada. As part of the project, the Government of Canada invested $19 million to upgrade their truck inspection facilities in Emerson. 

“The new upgrades at Pembina will allow staff to meet the demands of the high-volume, 24/7 border crossing operation,” says NDDOT Director Tom Sorel. “The end result means shorter wait times for travelers and a more efficient operation for border crossing staff.”  

In 2017 approximately 275,000 passenger vehicles and approximately 216,000 commercial trucks went through the Pembina/Emerson border crossing, making it the fourth largest port of entry between US and Canada based in terms of trade value. 

The NDDOT worked with national and international partners to get the project ready for bid. Major partners included:

·         Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA)

·         United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

·         United States Department of State (DOS)

·         Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

·         Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

·         General Services Administration (GSA)

·         Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT)

·         Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)

The upgrades are designed to meet the needs of travelers, the commercial trucking industry and employees by processing traffic more efficiently and effectively for many years to come.

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