Blaine

Background

Pacific Highway LPOE is a full-service, 24-hour port of entry serving personal vehicles, buses, pedestrians, and commercial truck traffic between Blaine, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. The Pacific Highway LPOE processes 2M vehicles annually, 619 hourly, and is realizing notable increases in wait times.

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Aerial view of a border crossing station, with cars and trucks in line in paved lanes, with buildings and grassy areas nearby

Project Overview


The project will significantly increase the number of primary vehicle inspection lanes and to expand the existing layout in the Secondary Inspection area.

Project Benefits


The Pacific Highway LPOE is the largest and busiest Canadian-USA port in the Western United States with an average wait time of 13 minutes 17 seconds for the roughly 2M vehicles passing through it each year. Usage increased 30 percent from 2009 to 2017 and is projected to increase a further 30 percent by 2028. The port currently processes more traffic than it was originally designed to accommodate and, left unaddressed, wait times will continue to increase along with negative environmental and economic impacts resulting from the delays. Expanding the port's POV processing capacity will facilitate trade and ensure future capacity for pedestrians and cross border travelers.

Lynden

Background

The Lynden LPOE is a limited-service port of entry operating 16 hours daily serving personal vehicles, buses, and limited commercial truck traffic between Lynden, Washington and Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

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Aerial view of a group of low buildings with parking, roads and lanes, and a line of cars waiting before a canopy, and areas of grass and green trees surrounding

Project Overview


When completed, the project will accommodate additional lanes of private and commercial traffic with improved traffic control and overall site security.

Project Benefits


The Lyden LPOE is no longer able to meet the operational needs of CBP with an acute impact on international commerce. Lynden’s limited commercial capability results in unbalanced demand and escalating wait times at other commercial ports throughout Western Washington. When complete, the new LPOE will enable increased commercial and private vehicle traffic flow throughout the Western Washington port of entry network while also improving port efficiency and capacity.

Sumas

Background

The Sumas LPOE is a full-service and continuously operating port of entry serving personal vehicles, buses, and commercial truck traffic between Sumas, Washington and Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

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Project Overview


GSA will expand and modernize private vehicle and commercial screening operations. Main building operations will be fully modernized with appropriate functional alignment to ensure efficient and safe operations.

Project Benefits


The Sumas LPOE is no longer able to meet the operational needs of CBP. Limited personnel processing areas within the existing buildings place travelers, federal employees, and the general public at risk due to commingling of different travelers. Current commercial vehicle processing is highly inefficient and includes a high degree of temporary and undersized equipment for an enduring LPOE.

Last Reviewed: 2022-02-24