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Construction to lead to duty-free

NORTH PORTAL, Sask. - Construction on the road leading to Saskatchewan's busiest border crossing will begin May 1 to make room for a new duty free shop.Construction begins at Hwy. 39 in North Portal, ...


NORTH PORTAL, Sask. – Construction on the road leading to Saskatchewan’s busiest border crossing will begin May 1 to make room for a new duty free shop.

Construction begins at Hwy. 39 in North Portal, relocating the northbound lane and creating a divided highway to accommodate a new Duty Free Shop. The project should be completed June 15.

The project is expected to cost $549,000, with Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation contributing $164,000. The North Portal Duty Free Shop, which initiated the road realignment project, is assuming the remainder of the cost.

The new Duty Free Shop to open in mid-June is already under construction, adjoining the existing Tourism Saskatchewan Visitor Reception Centre.

In 1999 more than 145,000 vehicles carrying more than 241,000 passengers entered Saskatchewan at North Portal. From Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 (most recent statistics available from U.S. Customs), more than 125,000 vehicles carrying almost 300,000 passengers entered the U.S. at North Portal. n


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