Expect border delays this week

Published on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Expect border delays this week

By Tara Nelson

Travelers can anticipate longer than usual border waits this week as the crews will temporarily close the right northbound lane of the current two-lane detour through Peace Arch port of entry.

Officials with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) said the lane will be closed between Monday, May 4 and Friday, May 8 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Nexus lane will be opened for traffic at the end of each workday for evening travel.

The lane closure will extend northbound approximately one-quarter mile from the D Street exit (Exit 276). The closure is necessary due to the installation of pre-cast abutment panels.

Travelers are reminded that the Pacific Highway, Lynden, and Sumas Ports of Entry are available as alternatives to the Blaine/Peace Arch border crossing.

The Peace Arch Port of Entry construction project replaces the current facility, which was built in 1976 and is functionally obsolete. The project also will reconstruct sections of the roadways heading north and south through the facility.

The Washington state Department of Transportation provides real time border waits on their website as well as graphs indicating average border waits on their website at www.wsdot.wa.gov/Congestion/border/TravelDelays.htm