SAULT STE.MARIE, ON, April 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today toured the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge border crossing where she announced additional funding for the redevelopment of the Canadian plaza.
The Government of Canada is investing a further $7.5 million in funding for this project, in addition to the $44 million that Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2009.
The project involves expanding and redesigning the existing Canadian Port of Entry located within the bridge's customs plaza and will include the construction of new Canada Border Services Agency commercial and travellers' examination facilities. A new inspection lane for buses will also be incorporated as well as a duty free shop and a maintenance building.
This project is being funded through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The $2.1-billion Gateways and Border Crossings Fund works to improve the flow of goods and people between Canada and the rest of the world and is a key element of the Building Canada infrastructure plan.
"Our government is working to enhance the safety and security of Canada's border crossings, as well as investing in infrastructure improvements that will relieve traffic congestion and improve the flow of goods and passengers. We are taking action on this important border project, which will help to support Northern Ontario's economy."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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