The funding was allocated through the bipartisan infrastructure act co-sponsored by the two senators
washington d.c. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced Maine would receive more than $150 million to upgrade five land ports of entry along Maine’s border with Canada – strengthening supply chains to streamline trade and create jobs; and strengthening security and trade. This funding was provided by the United States General Service Administration and authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA). Senator Collins, a ranking member of the transportation appropriations subcommittee, was is part of the hard core of 10 senators who negotiated the text of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
“Efficient and modern land ports of entry are especially important to our state, where Mainers and our Atlantic Canadian neighbors regularly cross the border to visit friends and family. Keeping the border running smoothly also supports manufacturers and agricultural producers by facilitating trade, promotes cross-border tourism and prevents threats such as drug trafficking,” said Senator Collins. “This investment made through the bipartisan infrastructure act that I co-authored will improve five land ports in the state of Maine and help create well-paying jobs.”
“Maine’s border with Canada is an essential part of our northern communities, economy and culture. The land ports along this border connect loved ones, enable the efficient transportation of Maine-made goods, and are key enablers of mutually beneficial tourism,” said Senator King. “By upgrading these important land ports, we can make crossings easier for both commerce and pleasure while improving border security. I am pleased that the bipartisan infrastructure bill is making significant investments in these critical crossings, and I look forward to seeing the impacts of the bill’s continued support for Maine and America.
Funding will be used as follows:
- Coburn Gore will use the funding to construct a new main building and commercial inspection facility that will fully meet requirements for public space, document processing, enforcement, support areas, personnel services, building, toilets/showers and non-commercial secondary inspection. The project includes on-site housing for CBP officers.
- Calais-Ferry Point will use the funding to expand the existing historic facility with new state-of-the-art capabilities and capabilities. The project will construct a secondary inspection canopy, an enclosed secondary inspection, three entry lanes, one exit lane and one exit bypass lane.
- Fort Fairfield will use the funding to improve the line of sight of incoming traffic and streamline the flow of outgoing traffic through the crossing.
- Limestone will use the funding to build a state-of-the-art facility and expand its capacity. The main port building would allow for proper queuing and flow of vehicles, as well as an expanded area for incorporation of new processing technology and CBP security features.
- Houlton will use the funding to repair existing building systems and site infrastructure to eliminate critical deficiencies and bring them up to GSA P-100 standards. Building elements requiring repair include building envelopes, elevators, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and fire alarm. Site features that require replacement include the water supply lines, septic tank and underground fuel tanks.
These are among 26 major construction and upgrade projects at land ports of entry across the United States that will be funded by IIJA.
The average land port of entry is nearly 40 years old and long overdue for upgrades. Upgrading these ports will strengthen supply chains, improve operational capabilities and facility infrastructure, boost economic growth and enhance the country’s security. These projects are also an opportunity to incorporate sustainability elements that will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lessen the impact of buildings on the environment and increase resilience to climate change.
Many of these modernization projects will also enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection to more effectively deploy the latest technologies to identify high-risk activities and shipments, combat drug trafficking, and increase operational security.