Port Huron, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Blue Water Bridge anticipates an increase in border traffic during the Victoria Day holiday weekend May 18-21, and because of the ongoing construction of the new inspection booths reminds travelers to be patient and prepared as they cross into Port Huron.
Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Individuals should have their documents available for inspection and be prepared to declare all items acquired outside the United States. In compliance with full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, U.S. and Canadian citizens, will need to present proof of citizenship to include: a passport, U.S. passport card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS/FAST/Global Entry) or an Enhanced Driver's License.
"We will continually monitor traffic and wait times throughout the weekend and adjust staffing accordingly to help with traffic flow while upholding our border security mission," said Port Director David Dusellier.
Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada. Also, those who regularly cross should plan accordingly and allow extra travel time or use an alternate crossing such as Marine City or Algonac Ports of Entry where added delays are also expected.
CBP expects higher traffic volume between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and anticipates less of a delay for travelers crossing outside of those hours.
Travelers can also check the CBP Web site for hourly updates on wait times and numbers of lanes open. (Border Wait Times) The web site does advise viewers that construction is underway.
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.