Ground has been broken on a new border crossing station in Calais that will help relieve traffic congestion at two existing border crossings between Calais and St. Stephen, New Brunswick.
Gov. John Baldacci, New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham, Senator Susan Collins, Congressman Mike Michaud and other officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to mark the start of construction on the facility.
The 70,000 square-foot building will be used by the Customs and Border Protection agency to inspect commercial and passenger vehicles that enter the U.S. from Canada.
The border station is being built in conjunction with a bridge now under construction across the St. Croix River that will provide another connecting point between Calais and Canada.
The station, which is being built for $48 million, is scheduled to be completed in November 2009.