Nov. 18, 2009
EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - An informal public information session concerning a border crossing feasibility study will be held in Edmundston by the Department of Transportation, in co-operation with the Maine Department of Transportation and the General Services Administration.
The session is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre.
A presentation outlining the preliminary results of the study will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with representatives from government agencies.
The forum is the result of a recent bill passed by the Maine legislature that asked the Maine Department of Transportation and its partners to conduct a feasibility study to evaluate the need for a new commercial border crossing in the Upper Saint John Valley. The study will examine how planned improvements at the Madawaska and Van Buren border crossings will affect the flow of commercial traffic between New Brunswick and Maine, and determine whether another commercial border crossing is warranted.
This forum is the second of three to be scheduled. The first was held in Madawaska, Maine, on Aug. 13. The third will be in Van Buren, Maine, in early 2011. The study will be complete by the end of 2010.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation 506-453-5634; Nathan Howard, policy development specialist, Maine Department of Transportation, 207-624-3300.