Highgate Springs Land Port of Entry, Vermont
The current project will design and build a new land port of entry to replace the existing 25-year-old facility. The existing facility is not large enough to handle an expected 30% increase in traffic when construction of Canada Autoroute A-35 is completed. The shortcut link to this page is: gsa.gov/highgatesprings
Fact sheet: Highgate Springs LPOE fact sheet [PDF - 168 KB]
Address: 480 Welcome Center Rd, Swanton, VT 05488
Year constructed: 1997
Port size: 16.059 acres
Estimated Budget: $150–$170 million
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Design is underway; design concept scheduled for completion in the fall of 2023. The statement of work for construction manager-as-advisor (CMa) services is being developed. The draft of the environmental assessment for NEPA is being prepared.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) contractor was awarded in September 2022 and the study is ongoing.
A public scoping meeting was held on January 12, 2023. Materials from the scoping meeting can be found below.
Recorded public scoping meeting
Slide presentation [PDF - 9 MB]
The port will remain open during construction.
Check out the latest Highgate Springs project news here, as it becomes available.
Feb. 28, 2023
U.S. General Services Administration Extends Public Comment Period for the New Land Port of Entry Facility at Highgate Springs, Vermont
Feb. 8, 2023
GSA Awards Blanket Purchase Agreements for Construction Management and Consulting Services for Vermont Land Port of Entry Project
Jan. 12, 2023
Highgate Springs Public Scoping Meeting Video
Jan. 10, 2023
U.S. General Services Administration to Host Public Meeting for the New Land Port of Entry Facility at Highgate Springs, Vermont
Dec. 12, 2022
GSA Awards $13.8M Contract for Design of a New Land Port of Entry at Highgate Springs, Vermont, Funded by the Biden-Harris Administration Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Sept. 27, 2022
GSA Awards Contract for Environmental Assessment as Part of Highgate Springs Land Port of Entry Project
May 4, 2022
Vermont Residents and Businesses to See Increased Project Activity at Land Ports of Entry as GSA Begins Complex Building/Modernization Process
Feb. 25, 2022
Five Border Stations in Vermont to be Built, Modernized Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
We received $3.4 billion to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. The law provides funding for LPOE modernization projects that will create new good-paying jobs, bolster safety and security, and make our economy more resilient to supply chain challenges — all while serving as models for sustainability and innovation.
We will increase energy and water efficiency (including renewable energy and fossil fuel free measures), adhere to sustainable design principles, and minimize climate risk liabilities above the minimum performance criteria in a manner that is life cycle cost-effective.
- Net-zero ready
- 80% fossil fuel-energy generated reduction
- Green Proving Ground technology
- LEED Gold/SITES Silver
- Whole-building embodied carbon reduction
The Highgate Springs LPOE is one of the three busiest ports in New England, processing roughly 97,000 commercial vehicles and 475,000 personal vehicles prior to COVID-19.
This project is a major economic factor in Vermont and New England.
It aims to help improve traffic flow and border security while decreasing wait times for travelers when Canada Autoroute A-35 is completed.