DERBY LINE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has dropped plans for a major expansion of the port of entry from Canada at the northern end of Interstate 91 in Derby Line, local officials said.
Derby Line Village Trustee Keith Beadle said that rather than a full-scale expansion that would re-route traffic, Customs and Border Protection plans to expand a building within the existing footprint.
The Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/1661ic3) reports the trustees or their representatives meet monthly with representatives of Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. General Services Administration, which actually owns and operates the port facility for Homeland Security.
But Beadle said that GSA has not attended recent meetings so he didn’t know if there is a plan in the works or whether it is still in the discussion stage.
The larger plan went through the environmental impact study phase and then was shelved after the Great Recession reduced truck backups.
The Derby Line border facility was built when the interstate was opened in the 1960s. It does not have enough lanes to handle all the truck and passenger-vehicle traffic that uses the port during the summers.
Customs and Border Protection did not respond to requests for comment about the plans.