CBP officials warn of increased traffic for Canada Day, July 4th travelers

Published on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Travelers crossing the U.S./Canadian border this holiday weekend should expect increased traffic, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials say.

July 1, this coming Sunday, brings Canada Day for our neighbors to the north, why the following Wednesday brings Independence Day in the states. CBP officials expect droves of drivers traveling both north and south to drastically increase border wait times.

To help prepare, CBP officials advise travelers to check www.cbp.gov regularly for border wait times. Similar information can also be found at the Washington State Department of Transportation’s website.

Drivers may also want to avoid the heavily traveled Peace Arch and Pacific Highway crossings in Blaine and cross instead at the state highway 9 port of entry in Sumas. The Sumas crossing has a newly constructed NEXUS lane operating between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week. The Lynden port of entry, on state highway 539 is also available from 8 a.m. until midnight.


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