Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will modernize five land ports of entry in Maine:
- The Calais Ferry Point Land Port of Entry is just before a bridge over the St. Croix River between Calais, Maine, and St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. The port has a main port building constructed in 1935 and a garage constructed in 1936. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Coburn Gore Land Port of Entry is an isolated setting about 20 miles northwest of the small town of Eustis, Maine. It is across from Woburn, Quebec. The 3.6-acre port has a main building and four residences. The main building and two residences are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Fort Fairfield Land Port of Entry is one building across from Andover, New Brunswick, Canada. The port was constructed in 1934, and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Houlton Land Port of Entry is on the north side of Interstate 95. The port is almost 40 years old. The main port building needs the most renovation, because it is the largest facility with the most systems. All three buildings will have repair, replacement, or modernization work done.
- The Limestone Land Port of Entry has a one-story, gabled-roof, cement fiber board-clad building with one-story flanking wings and a flat roof canopy. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is across from Grand-Sault, New Brunswick, Canada.
Billions of dollars in goods and services cross U.S. borders every day. Recent supply chain challenges have underscored the importance of strengthening America’s ports, waterways, and freight networks. These projects will help make our economy more resilient to supply chain challenges.
Jobs and economic impact
Modernizing our land ports will create good-paying jobs for working families and promote opportunities for small businesses. Adding commercial, passenger vehicle, and pedestrian inspection capacity will accommodate more traffic. This benefits the surrounding restaurants, stores, gas stations, and other businesses.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
Our renovations will enable a better flow of people between the U.S. and Canada. This connects our communities and enhances diversity, equity, and inclusion in work, social, and everyday life.
When these land ports are more functional, they will sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate environmental impact, and increase the federal government’s mission readiness and resilience to climate change. We aim to provide long-lasting and durable facilities that are sustainable, climate resilient, low maintenance, technologically efficient, and flexible.
After our projects are completed, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other federal inspection agencies can use the latest technology to identify high-risk activity and shipments, combat drug trafficking, and increase operational security. More secure land ports enhance the safety of officers, travelers, and the public.
These projects will improve the quality of life for anyone who lives nearby, works at, or uses the border crossings. Modern, functional, secure, and sustainable ports benefit economic, cultural, and environmental conditions for both countries.