PORT HURON, MICH.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Blue Water Bridge are preparing for an increase in holiday traffic beginning June 28 through July 8 encompassing Canada Day and the Fourth of July weekends.
During this timeframe, CBP will maintain two Nexus lanes Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
"During increased traffic periods, having an additional Nexus lane will allow pre-screened, low risk travelers to be inspected with little or no delay into the United States," said Port Director David Dusellier.
In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, need to present documentary proof of citizenship. These documents include a Passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced Driver's License. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. During the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. travelers who travel with a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled travel document may receive the benefits of utilizing a Ready Lane which is a dedicated primary vehicle lane for travelers entering the United States at land border ports of entry. Please visit the WHTI Web site for additional information at getyouhome.gov.
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. Also, those traveling can use an alternate crossing such as the Marine City or Algonac Ports of Entry however added delays are also expected there.
Travelers can also check the CBP Web site for hourly updates on wait times and numbers of lanes open.
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.