Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will modernize the Porthill Land Port of Entry in Idaho. It is a limited-service port between Porthill, Idaho, and eastern British Columbia, Canada. The port operates 16 hours a day, seven days a week and primarily processes passenger vehicles and buses. There are some pedestrians (mostly hikers) and permitted commercial truck traffic. It is 27 miles northwest of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Undeveloped land mostly surrounds the port, with the exception of a few structures and homes.
The Porthill LPOE processes only a small number of commercial vehicles each year. After the land port is redesigned, most traffic will exit onto Main Street, which connects with Idaho State Highway 1 South immediately to the east. The few commercial vehicles requiring a secondary inspection will bypass Main Street and exit immediately onto ID-1.
Jobs and economic impact
The low-density population means a limited labor force is available in the immediate area.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
We will engage the local Native American tribes through community outreach and meaningful employment opportunities.
We will seek a LEED Gold certification at this port and a SITES silver certification for outdoor landscapes.
The 55-year-old facility needs all new systems and facilities. The new LPOE will significantly improve traffic flow and create a contemporary work environment consistent with other ports. When complete, the new LPOE will enable vastly improved mission delivery and position the port for the next 30-50 years.
Americans and Canadians living in communities surrounding communities cross the border regularly for work. Expanding the number of vehicle processing lanes will positively impact the local area on both sides of the border and help sustain the relationship between the U.S., Canada, and the tribal nations in the area.