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MADAWASKA, Maine — U.S. Customs & Border Protection is temporarily closing the inbound commercial traffic lane at the Madawaska port of entry this weekend to repair damages caused by winter snow removal.
The commercial lane, connecting Edmundston, New Brunswick, to Maine, will close at 4 p.m. Friday and reopen at 4 a.m. on Monday, April 29, according to Michelle Benson-Fuller, CBP public affairs specialist.
“Damage to the commercial lane occurred during winter snow removal,” Benson-Fuller said. “Now that the weather is becoming warmer, repairs will now be able to be completed.”
Commercial traffic, which includes all tractor trailers, cargo trucks, large equipment and buses used to transport goods or passengers, will be rerouted to alternate ports of entry in Van Buren, about 25-miles south of Madawaska, or Fort Kent, about 20 miles to the north, according to Benson-Fuller.
“Customs & Border Protection has taken steps to ensure that appropriate staff levels will be in place at the alternate ports to process the increase in commercial traffic as expeditiously as possible,” she said.
According to figures supplied by Benson-Fuller, in April 2012, the Madawaska port of entry saw 2,063 commercial trucks and four passenger buses cross into the United States in addition to 49,074 private passenger vehicles.
“The temporary closure of the commercial lane at the Madawaska port of entry will not have any impact on passenger traffic during this time,” she said. “CBP would like to thank the commercial public for their patience during this time as we repair the inbound commercial lane.”
Anyone with questions about the temporary closure or alternate ports of entry may contact the Madawaska port at 207-728-4565.
Information on port hours and wait times is available at CBP Border Wait Times Web site, http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/.