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Alexandria Bay U.S. land port of entry expansion underway

August 31, 2017

Regional dignitaries and partners break ground to mark the start of construction on the expansion and modernization of the U.S.

Regional dignitaries and partners break ground to mark the start of construction on the expansion and modernization of the U.S. land port of entry at Alexandria Bay, N.Y. Pictured from left to right are: Sarah Compo, chief of staff for New York State Senator Patty Ritchie; Ron Burlin, estimator for Northland/Cianbro Joint Venture contract team; Frank Santella, acting regional administrator for GSA's Northeast and Caribbean Region; Tim Walker, area port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Rose Brophy, director of CBP's Office of Field Operations Buffalo; David M Storandt Jr., Town of Clayton supervisor; New York State Assemblywoman (NY-116) Addie A.E. Jenne; Stephen Hunt, regional director for Empire State Development Corporation; Dale Hunneyman, Town of Alexandria supervisor; and Phil Reed, Jefferson County District 3 legislator.

A $215 million project to expand and modernize the U.S. land port of entry from Canada at Alexandria Bay, N.Y., is officially underway.

The U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection representatives joined with regional dignitaries to participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking Aug. 30, 2017, to mark the start of construction on the phased project.

“Land ports of entry like this one are critical to the nation’s trade and security,” said Frank Santella, acting regional administrator of GSA’s Northeast and Caribbean Region.

Phase 1 includes construction of a commercial inspection warehouse with inspection bays, commercial inspection lanes (with split-level booths for commercial and non-commercial traffic), impound lot, and a portion of elevated parking. Phase 1 also includes acquisition of necessary parcels of land from Jefferson County and New York State Department of Transportation.

The contract option for Phase 2 is expected to be exercised in 2018, subject to receipt of congressional appropriations. Phase 2 includes construction of a new main administration building, a new outbound inspection facility, a new veterinary services building, non-commercial inspection lanes, a new non-commercial secondary inspection plaza, ancillary inspection facilities, and employee and visitor parking areas.

The completed land port will feature larger queuing and secondary inspection areas, more inspection lanes, and better-defined truck queuing and maneuvering areas in addition to
many other enhancements. The finished project will increase the overall efficiency of the port and improve traffic flow.

“A safe, secure, and modern land port is critical to ensuring an efficient flow of commerce and people that support American jobs and economic growth,” Santella said. “Successful execution of this project will benefit trade and commerce, create jobs, and bolster our Nation’s security,” Santella continued.

Phase 1 is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 and the project is expected to be fully completed in July 2022.

“We are committed to completing the project responsibly and efficiently,” Santella said.

For more information and updates on the project, visit gsa.gov/alexbaylpoe.

A rendering of the future land port of entry at Alexandria Bay, N

A rendering of the future land port of entry.

Last Reviewed: 2017-09-20