New security barrier at the Stanstead border crossing on highway 143
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), in a press release issued last week, announced that on Monday, November 12th, it would start installing an automated security barrier near its border crossing on highway 143 south (U.S. bound) in the town of Stanstead. The barrier should become operational in the coming days.
This new device means that vehicles heading towards the U.S. will have to make a brief stop. When a sensor detects the presence of a vehicle, the barrier will automatically open to allow the vehicle to advance to the Derby Line (Highway 5) crossing in Vermont.
The CBSA has introduced this security measure to prevent vehicles from travelling in the wrong direction along Highway 143, which is dangerous and illegal, in order to enter Canada without reporting to a border services officer, as is required by the Customs
Act. The new barrier will not affect the flow of traffic, as this type of device has already been proven effective in other border crossings of a similar size in Quebec and Canada.