LACOLLE, Que. – The federal government has announced it will spend $10 million to expand the Canada Border Services Agency facilities at the Lacolle-Champlain border crossing.
Details are still sketchy, as construction on the project will not even begin until 2010 or 2011, with a 24-to 30-month construction time, but the goal is to improve the processing and throughput of commercial trucks and buses.
On a related note, SAAQ is still in shakedown mode for its new truck inspection station just north of Lacolle. It uses Intelligent Transportation Systems technology to automatically capture each truck’s plate number, call up the carrier dossier and pick up its transponder ID. Trucks also cross over a Weigh-in-Motion scale, and more equipment measures truck height, axle spacing and determines each truck’s weight category.
Trucks that inspectors determine need a hands-on inspection are notified by electronic signboards, which are currently functioning, to swing in to the station.
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