Emer­son bor­der cross­ing’s new look

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — Sun staff

The bor­der cross­ing at Emer­son has been un­der­go­ing a facelift and those changes are now ready to be put into ser­vice.

The $19 mil­lion pro­ject added a new and larger com­mer­cial ware­house for truck ex­am­i­na­tions, as well as a ded­i­cated bus ex­am­i­na­tion bay and lobby area through 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 Emer­son port of en­try holds sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic im­por­tance, pro­cess­ing more com­mer­cial traf­fic than any other land bor­der cross­ing across the Prairies. The ex­panded CBSA fa­cil­ity re­flects our com­mit­ment to se­cur­ing the bor­der while im­prov­ing the flow of le­git­i­mate travel and trade for Canada’s pros­per­ity,” said Jim Carr, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Trade and MP for Win­nipeg South Cen­tre in a re­lease.

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

“The phased ap­proach to the Emer­son ex­pan­sion pro­ject was com­pleted through ex­haus­tive plan­ning ef­forts that en­sured min­i­mal dis­rup­tion to pro­cess­ing traf­fic. The im­prove­ments will help us de­liver on our com­mit­ment to serv­ing Cana­di­ans,” said Nina Pa­tel, Re­gional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Prairie Re­gion, Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency in the re­lease.

In 2017, CBSA of­fi­cers at the Emer­son POE wel­comed al­most 878,000 trav­ellers in more than 271,000 cars and 208,000 com­mer­cial trucks. Emer­son ranked 7th na­tion­ally in num­ber of trucks pro­cessed at a land bor­der cross­ing.

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