Border crossing gets a FAST makeover

| Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The fourth-busiest border crossing between the U.S. and Canada is getting a makeover, including a new northbound lane for truckers who participate in the FAST program.

Construction for the next few weeks will include lane closures for 10 minutes at a time from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. near D Street, and from Boblett Street to H Street in Blaine, WA, according to the Washington Department of Transportation.

Two thousand trucks cross each day to and from Blaine and the city of Surrey in British Columbia, Canada, via the Pacific Highway.

Truckers using the Free and Secure Trade system – FAST – will soon be in a position to realize its benefit through the creation of the new lane.

FAST trucks are currently required to queue up in the regular commercial lane or on the right shoulder.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection, according to its Web site, is improving FAST capabilities at crossings like Blaine, as well as at 10 other ports of entry where new lanes will be added. Work on those lanes is scheduled to begin Aug. 31.

Additions will be made at: Massena, NY; Ogdensburg, NY; Oroville, WA; Sault Ste. Marie, MI; Douglas, AZ; Del Rio, TX; Eagle Pass, TX; Rio Grande, TX; San Luis, AZ; Santa Teresa, NM; and Tecate, CA.

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