(Aug. 9, 2012) — Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) are jointly undertaking a long-range planning study of the Pembina-Emerson Port of Entry – the fifth largest border crossing between Canada and the U.S.
Backed by Transport Canada, the study aims to prepare a concept plan that will guide development of future port and transportation infrastructure as well as provide a land use framework for facilitating future private investment within the study area.
Study objectives are based upon safety, security, transportation, land use, and port facility development considerations in order to promote maximum port efficiency (throughput) and reliability (minimize closures).
The planning horizon year for the study is 2035. The area being looked at encompasses a 2 mile wide transportation and land use corridor between Exit 215 on Interstate 29 at Pembina, N.D. (2.25 miles south of the border) to the PTH 75 / PR 243 intersection north of Emerson, Manitoba (1 mile north of the border).
The study also includes the participation of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Services Administration (GSA) on the project steering committee (PSC).