Lansdowne border crossing officially opens

The new Canada Border Services Agency port of entry near Lansdowne, Ont. was officially opened Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Idea Inc. via Newswatch Group)

LANSDOWNE – Several politicians and dignitaries gathered at the new $60 million Lansdowne port of entry this afternoon (Thursday) for a ribbon cutting.

Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, was joined by presidents of the Federal Bridge Corporation and the Canada Border Services Agency for the tree-planting and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Construction of the new port of entry started in the spring of 2015 and was finished in December – ahead of schedule.

Feeling the crush of 1.5 million vehicles a year, the border crossing was having trouble keeping up to the times with its 60-year-old infrastructure.

The new plaza expands the number of lanes from eight to 14 and that includes one for buses and five commercial lanes.

The consultant on the project, Idea Inc., is “tremendously proud” with the finished product, which includes a number of green technologies, such as recycling rain water.

“Along with the construction team, not only were we able to deliver the project approximately four months ahead of schedule, but we executed construction without any interruption to traffic flow or processing capabilities while meeting the safety and security requirements of a CBSA facility,” Principal Ryan Crowle said.

In this supplied photo, Chris Warner-Smith and Ryan Crowle of Idea Inc., Mark Holland, Transportation Parliamentary Secretary, Thye Lee of the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited and Blair Pearen, Project Manager, PCL, celebrate the opening of the port of entry at Lansdowne on Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Idea Inc. via Newswatch Group)