Backups expected at Washington border crossing

| Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Truckers who use the border crossing near Blaine, WA – the third-busiest port of entry between the U.S. and Canada – could see some major delays starting Oct. 2.

According to the Bellington Herald, that’s when the northbound truck lane will close as the Pacific Highway is expanded from three to five lanes in each direction.

A new truck lane is expected to open next summer, but until then, all vehicles will use the car lanes.

A Washington Department of Transportation spokesman told the Herald the crossing handles about 360,000 vehicles a year, and that the closing “is definitely going to cause congestion.”

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