Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will modernize the Dunseith Land Port of Entry in North Dakota.
The Dunseith Land Port of Entry is the only commercial inspection facility in the north-central part of the state. The port serves travelers to the International Peace Garden and has the third-most truck traffic of the border crossings in North Dakota. This project will improve current facilities and expand new drive-through technologies to speed up the trade of commercial goods and livestock entering the U.S.
Agriculture, components and parts, livestock, and raw materials flow through the Dunseith LPOE. The port is open 24/7 and is vitally important for the movement of commercial goods to both the U.S. and Canada.
Jobs and economic impact
The regional economy depends on tourism to the International Peace Garden, which is between the U.S. and Canadian ports. Improved efficiency at the port will enable more Americans and Canadians to visit the site.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion
The surrounding area is rural with a combined population of 33,000 people across five counties. Most of the population identifies as Native American, with three nation tribes in the surrounding areas. Over half of the population identifies as low-income with limited broadband access.
This project will achieve LEED Gold and SITES Silver certification. It will also be Net-Zero Ready and support the reduction of embodied carbon in building materials. The modernized facility will reduce building operating expenses, as well as energy and water use.
The main port building needs more space for operations. The port lacks commercial primary and secondary inspection facilities. Improvements to the port will enhance the ability to address illegal transport of heroin, fentanyl, and opioids. Security enhancements will help identify high-risk shipments and high-risk targets and increase cooperation with U.S. law-enforcement and foreign partners. The completed project will provide safe, efficient, and secure facilities that will serve the central North Dakota region for generations.
Improving the port facilities will help increase commercial trucking to and from the U.S., which will positively impact the local area economically. The increase in flow will boost tourism to the International Peace Garden and help sustain the relationship between the U.S., Canada, and the tribal nations in the area.