New Brunswick seeks $100M border upgrade

FREDERICTON (April 30, 2003) — The New Brunswick government has asked Ottawa for $100 million to upgrade infrastructure at key border cross points between the province and Maine, Transportation Minister Percy Mockler announced yesterday.

The proposal includes twinning Route 95 between Woodstock and Houlton, Maine, and construction of a four-lane highway bypassing St. Stephen, N.B., and Calais, Maine. The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal reported the upgrade would include new “intelligent transportation systems” enhancements at Woodstock-Houlton and St. Stephen-Calais, such as .a dedicated lane and processing centre for FAST (Free and Secure Trade) traffic as well as a NEXUS dedicated lane.

FAST is a harmonized program between Canadian and U.S. customs agencies and immigration departments. The program offers expedited clearance processes for pre-approved drivers and commercial shipments crossing the border, and provides a dedicated FAST lane for trucks wherever possible.

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