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Canadian border improvements announced

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

People headed to Canada through northern New York soon should see dramatically shorter wait times at the border.

The crossings at Champlain, New York and Lacolle, Quebec are among the busiest along the border. The U.S. government completed a major expansion of its facility a couple of years ago to accommodate the growing traffic and shorten the lines of cars. Now the Canadian government is following suit, announcing $47-million in upgrades on its side of the border. The plan calls for doubling the number of lanes at the customs checkpoint.

"The experience of the visitor -- whether investors or our friends running Canadian companies down here or tourists and shoppers coming down on the weekend -- is only as good as their experience in both directions.  They'll remember the worst experience not the best experience.  We got things working pretty optimally at Champlain.  This will allow the facilities and capacity for what should be significant improvement in a couple of years going north as well," said Garry Douglas with the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
    
Champlain-Lacolle is the 4th busiest commercial crossing on the U.S.-Canadian border, with $20-billion worth of goods moving across in 2011.

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