CALAIS, Maine — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be opening the new Calais-St. Stephen border crossing for international traffic at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 16, according to spokesman Ted Woo.
The 50-acre, $120 million project took just more than a year and a half to complete.
In New Brunswick, the roadway improvements by New Brunswick Department of Transportation are estimated at $53 million, while the new customs facility on the Canadian side of the border cost another $13 million. The cost of the new $10 million bridge across the St. Croix River is being shared equally by New Brunswick and Maine.
The new U.S. border facility cost $40 million and road improvements in the nearby Calais Industrial Park and along Route 1 in Calais totaled another $11 million.
The total economic impact of the project easily exceeded $125 million. It also is expected that 50 jobs will be added at the new U.S. border station.
Woo said all commercial traffic will be required to use the new crossing, while noncommercial traffic may use the new crossing or either of the two existing crossings, at Ferry Point and Milltown.
An official grand opening and ribbon cutting has been set for Monday, Nov. 23, but Woo said all commercial traffic must begin using the new crossing on the 16th, to allow for a time of transition.
Part of that transition will be navigating a roundabout on Route 1 at the entrance to the new crossing, which connects Calais and St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
Woo asks that all motorists driving through the roundabout be particularly aware that the traffic pattern will change as all commercial trucks will be exiting and entering through the traffic circle.