On February 8, 2017, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that commercial vehicle entrances at the Derby Line Port of Entry (Interstate 91), Vermont, would be modified for several months to accommodate construction of “new passenger and commercial vehicle lanes.”
- Beginning on Monday, February 13, 2017, commercial truck traffic will be routed through the eastern portion of the port complex. This lane is behind the main port building and commercial operators are asked to enter the port on the left side.
- Commercial trucks must not cross to the left lane of Auto Route 55 until after the Route 247 intersection. Trucks should do so safely and ensure the intersection is cleared. An emergency turnaround north of the Caswell Avenue overpass should not be blocked for any reason.
- Commercial bus operators will enter the port as normal, but are advised that they will be sharing this lane with commercial trucks.
- The estimated completion of this phase of construction and traffic pattern shift is May 30, 2017.
- Commercial truck and bus operators should be aware that delays can be expected during peak volume times. Due to construction activity there will be limited parking space for commercial trucks requiring additional processing and inspection at the I-91 facility.
CBP encourages travelers to check their border wait times dashboard or the “CBP Border Wait Times” apps for mobile devices before initiating cross-border travel, or consider using alternate CBP ports of entry; CBP’s alternate full-service commercial ports are in Highgate Springs, VT, and Norton, VT.
Additionally, “CBP operates permit ports of entry in North Troy, VT, Canaan, VT, Beecher Falls, VT and Pittsburgh, NH in the Derby Line area. In the Highgate Springs area the ports of Alburg, Alburg Springs, Morses Line, West Berkshire and Richford offer permit opportunities.”
CBP has asked that both commercial and passenger vehicle operators exercise patience, as cross border delays are expected. Please send an email to Deringer’s Marketing Department with any questions.