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THE fed­eral gov­ern­ment has marked the com­ple­tion of the $19-mil­lion Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency ex­pan­sion project at the port of en­try at Emer­son.

It was done to im­prove the flow of goods and peo­ple be­tween Canada and the U.S. and has been un­der con­struc­tion since May 2017, a gov­ern­ment news re­lease said. It’s the first ma­jor in­vest­ment in the Emer­son cross­ing since the late 1990s.

It in­cludes a new and larger com­mer­cial ware­house for truck ex­am­i­na­tions, a ded­i­cated bus ex­am­i­na­tion bay and lobby area with ren­o­va­tions to an ex­ist­ing build­ing. It also widened the high­way at the bor­der by three lanes to ac­com­mo­date the in­stal­la­tion of three bi-level pri­mary in­spec­tion booths for more ef­fi­cient pro­cess­ing of com­mer­cial traf­fic.

The up­grades and new fa­cil­i­ties were de­signed to meet the needs of trav­ellers, the com­mer­cial com­mu­nity and em­ploy­ees and to process traf­fic vol­umes more ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively for many years to come, the re­lease said.

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