EASTON, Maine — A new U.S. Customs and Border Protection Land Port of Entry facility has opened in Northern Maine. The port of Easton, on Ladner Road, adjoins the Canadian port of River De Chute in New Brunswick. This new border facility, funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, replaces an outdated facility, strengthens security and facilitates legal travel and trade along the Northern border.
CBP hired The Sheridan Corporation of Fairfield, Maine, to design and build the facility in September 2010, and the new facility officially opened to the public on July 9, 2012, three months ahead of schedule. The new, 2,700-square-foot facility replaces a small mobile trailer that had been in place at the site since 2001. The old trailer was installed at the site shortly after Sept. 11, 2001.
Thousands of feet of new barbed wire fencing surrounds the port, securing it during off-hours. The port is open 8 a.m-4 p.m., 7 days a week. The new building sits squarely in the middle of where the narrow dirt road to the Canadian border used to be, and the new road has been widened and paved to allow for two lanes of incoming and outbound traffic. Traffic coming into the United States is routed through radiation portal monitors and then into an enclosed drive-through for inspection. While the port is not open 24 hours, state-of-the art remote video surveillance allows CBP to monitor the crossing around the clock, and extensive site lighting turns night into day.