MADAWASKA, Maine—To accommodate for higher levels in pedestrian traffic, Maine and New Brunswick Departments of Transportation are temporarily closing the international bridge between Madawaska and Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada, to all vehicular traffic for the Acadian National Day ‘Tintamarre’ international event on Aug. 15. Only pedestrian (foot) traffic will be permitted between the hours of noon and 2 am, with all vehicular traffic being diverted to alternate ports.
While CBP is accommodating for the higher levels in pedestrian traffic in Madawaska for the Tintamarre, all entry requirements into the U.S. will remain in effect and enforced by CBP personnel at this location and all other ports of entry in Maine.
The Fort Kent (Clair) port of entry is approximately 25 miles to the north on US-1 and open to all passenger and permitted commercial traffic. The Van Buren (St. Leonard) port of entry is approximately 25 miles to the south on US-1, and open 24/7 to all passenger and commercial traffic.
Due to limited parking in this area during the temporary bridge closure, shuttle buses will be available to World Acadian Congress participants. For shuttle locations and an official program of events, as well as activity registration forms, please visit the Congrès mondial acadien website.
With the increase in travelers expected in the Maine and Canada areas during the Tintamarre and the remainder of WAC events, it will be even more important for cross-border travelers to have an approved Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant travel document, monitor border wait times and build additional time into their trips.
Cross-border travelers should also declare items acquired abroad, including duty-free shop purchases; research what items are permitted before Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States (fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and/or firewood); and be familiar with and learn about Prohibited and Restricted Items (forbidden by law to enter the U.S., and items needing special permit to be allowed in the U.S.).