FOREST CITY, N.B. - Five rural crossings along the Maine-New Brunswick border are part of 38 remote crossings to be closed nightly.Crossings between Forest City Maine and Forest City, N.B., Orient and...
FOREST CITY, N.B. – Five rural crossings along the Maine-New Brunswick border are part of 38 remote crossings to be closed nightly.
Crossings between Forest City Maine and Forest City, N.B., Orient and Fosterville, Monticello and Bloomfield, Easton and River de Chute, Hamlin and Grand Falls will be affected by the change, which aims to tighten security.
Gates and surveillance equipment have already been installed by U.S. Customs agents and were scheduled to be used starting next Friday. Due to delays, however, the actual date the crossings will close is not known.
The new policy has upset residents on both sides of the border.
“My concern is the impact it will have on surrounding areas,” Tobique-Mactaquac MP Andy Savoy says. “Business people in th constituency are concerned because commerce is not a nine-to-five production, it takes place day and night.”
For the three smaller locations, Monticello, Easton and Hamlin, Chuck Pelletier, U.S. Customs and Border Protection port director, expects the borders would begin closing nightly within the next six weeks. At that time, Monticello crossing will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST Monday through Saturday. Easton and Hamlin will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST seven days a week.
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