The Canadian government is planning a multi-million dollar upgrade for the Aldergrove border crossing, which includes an expansion with a dedicated Nexus lane to speed up border crossings.
It will invest millions to build a full-processing facility and supporting infrastructure for commercial vehicles at the facility that just cross the line from Washington state, according to Today’s Trucking.
The expanded facility, projected for completion in early 2016, is expected to improve efficiency for the trucking industry and provide stability and access for companies looking to grow and establish their operations in the Aldergrove area.
Since August 2010, commercial vehicle traffic at Aldergrove has been restricted to local area carriers.
Today’s Trucking also reports Canada’s government has announced additional funding for the redevelopment of the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge border crossing.
The Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge spans the St. Mary’s River between the United States and Canada, connecting the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
A few years back, it was estimated that more than 130,000 commercial trucks transport about $3.6 billion worth of goods through Sault Ste. Marie to get to the International Bridge crossing each year. At the time, there were plans to develop Sault Ste. Marie as a regional transportation hub and to increased commercial traffic.
The funding is meant to remove truck traffic from downtown streets, but will also assist the city in maintaining and repairing roads, which have been used to link provincial truck traffic across to Michigan.
The Canadian federal government is investing another C$7.5 million in this project, in addition to the C$44 million that Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2009.
Read more about the Aldergrove project and the Sault Ste. Marie project from Today’s Trucking.