Border delays possible at Emerson and The Soo

EMERSON, Man. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising truckers and travelers entering the U.S. through the port of Pembina, N.D.-Emerson, Man. that ongoing construction work could slow down primary traffic lanes beginning today, May 12.

Workers will be installing of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology equipment in the primary lanes.

The use of RFID Technology will provide CBP officers with passenger and law enforcement information as the traveler approaches the primary inspection booth.

We want to alert travelers to the potential for minor traffic delays during this construction,” said Assistant Port Director Jason Schmelz.

All construction should be completed in two weeks.

Meanwhile, the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Administration also announced construction will be performed on the Canadian Arch Deck during May and June, which will restrict wide loads (in excess of 10 feet) or loads heavier than 144,000 pounds.

The load and width restriction will be in place during the period of May 11th through June 28th, 2009. 

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