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New security features should mean shorter waits at Peace Arch

SURREY (NEWS1130) – Some major improvements to the Peace Arch border are near completion. Soon heading into the States will now be more efficient and provide better safety.

This weekend the US Border Patrol began their transition into a new high tech security building. While the move will be gradual, the Service Port for Blaine aims to tear down the old building within the week.

So what can you expect now that the buildings are switched. Mike Milne with the Port says by the time construction is done in the fall there will be up to ten lanes southbound that could be open at any given time. Currently there are only three lanes to get you into the states.

Milne also says “With the security enhancements wait times should be shorter and that the new configuration will also allow the vast majority of travellers to be able to process through more effectively and efficiently and hopefully it will lead to less waiting and more travelling.”

One of the more impressive security features includes having every lane equipped for Nexus use.