Port Huron, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is announcing the upgrade of its vehicle inspection lanes 2-5 on the Blue Water Bridge. These improvements are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 10, and be completed by June 13.
The new Vehicle Primary Client (VPC) is a 21st century portal-based system, representing the most substantial upgrade to the inspection computer system in more than 20 years. VPC incorporates the current license plate reader system with the new RFID-enabled documentation technology; allowing CBP officers the ability to quickly verify the validity of travel documents and make determinations regarding the admissibility of persons.
The construction represents an addition to what is already in place in the inspection lanes 6-13.
The construction, which involves concrete work and the installation of new technology hardware and software, will cause the temporary closure of inspection lanes. However, since the installation will occur during the weekday, there should be no significant increase in the amount of time travelers spend in line.
CBP will also have all lanes operational for holiday travelers during the Victoria Day, Canada and U.S. Memorial Day weekends.
"As always, during times of peak travel CBP will work closely with the Blue Water Bridge Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency to continually monitor traffic patterns to minimize the impact," said Port Director David Dusellier.
Those persons who cross on a regular basis are encouraged to enroll and participate in NEXUS, a trusted traveler program, that has dedicated lanes available for use by its card holders. The card can also be used by boaters streamlining the inspection process. Others that travel more infrequently are reminded that the documentation required to cross the border is a passport or passport card (a wallet-sized, cost-effective alternative) for persons 16 and older, and the Enhanced Driver's License. For more information visi the following website. (CBP HomePage)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.