Grand Portage

Background

The border station was constructed in 1965 and is a two-story rectangular building with two one-story wings, a small basement, and an inspection lane canopy. The facility is inadequate for current staffing levels and does not contain adequate area for inspection activities.

Quarter view of the front of a low white building with two booths next to two lanes, and one gold car entering, and a cover over the bays with the sign United States Border Inspection Station across it
Covered area of three paved lanes with a white table next to each lane, and road to the right and trees in the distance

Project Overview


The project includes the design and construction of new inspection lanes, parking & hard surface areas, canopy areas and enclosed facility space.

Project Benefits


The current building does not meet the operational needs of CBP’s program of requirements. The number of traffic lanes needs to be increased to improve safety between commercial and non-commercial traffic, along with improved facilities for screening of passenger buses, screening of recreational vehicles, and secondary inspection areas.

International Falls

Background

The International Falls LPOE, built in 1993, is located at the foot of the international bridge across the U.S.-Canada border from Fort Frances, Ontario. The facility is a full-service port of entry, operating 24/7 at the border connecting U.S. Highway 53 with Ontario Provincial Highway 11. The International Falls LPOE is the highest traffic volume port in Minnesota.

Red and white wavy cover over two drive-through lanes and booths, next to a windowed building with a tour bus on the left
Cropped illustrated map diagram with key and showing a plan of roads in gray, buildings in gold, green space in green and water in blue

Project Overview


The project will address security and safety concerns, provide state of the art technologies and allow tenant federal agencies to carry out their missions. The current land port of entry is functionally obsolete and will be nearly 36-years-old in 2029, which is the estimated year of project completion.

Project Benefits


The International Falls LPOE is the busiest LPOE in Minnesota. The port currently processes more traffic than originally designed to accommodate. Existing facilities are significantly undersized and no longer meet the mission requirements of CBP. The expanded facilities will provide considerable capacity for cross border movement of trade and travelers.

Last Reviewed: 2022-03-10