On Saturday, April 19th a ceremony was held to officially commence construction of a new U.S. Land Port of Entry for Calais, Maine. The new $48.3 million facility will be built next to the new third bridge on the outskirt of Calais. The new international bridge across the St. Croix river is already under-construction and should be completed later this Fall. The new U.S. building is expected to be completed by November 2009. Many dignitaries from both Canada and the USA were present for the groundbreaking including Senator Susan Collins (Maine) and Charlotte-Campobello MLA Tony Huntjens.
Calais - St. Stephen is the 8th busiest border crossing between Canada and the USA. By 2030 it is projected that 2,000 truck per day will cross the new bridge.