Press Release: North Dakota Border Station to be Modernized Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Richard Stebbins
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden will enable the modernization of the land port of entry in Dunseith, North Dakota, strengthening supply chains, creating jobs, and enhancing security and trade.
The major border station project in North Dakota that will move forward under the bill will significantly upgrade the Dunseith LPOE to satisfy current and projected operational needs, address site constraints, and enable efficient vehicle movement across the border, which will also foster economic growth and job creation in surrounding communities.
"America's land ports are vital to our economy and our security, with billions of dollars in goods and services crossing our borders each and every day," said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. "These bipartisan investments are a historic opportunity to modernize our land ports in ways that will create good-paying jobs and strengthen supply chains, while enhancing safety and security."
The $3.4 billion in direct spending by GSA under the law is estimated to support, on average, nearly 6,000 annual jobs over the next 8 years; add $3.23 billion in total labor income across the United States; contribute an additional $4.5 billion to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP); and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for state, local, and federal governments.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act is bringing more than just traditional dollars for roads, highways, and bridges. This funding for our land port of entry in Dunseith is a boon for North Dakota and for the country to strengthen supply chains and enhance security and jobs," said North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer.
"Our underfunded and outdated infrastructure has real costs to families, our economy, and our global competitiveness," said Senior Advisor & White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu. "President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is investing in strengthening our supply chains, including our land ports which are vital for moving goods across our borders."
"We are pleased that our land port of entry project in North Dakota will receive much-needed funding and provide good-paying jobs with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," said Penny Grout, Acting Regional Administrator. "Being able to expand and modernize the Dunseith Land Port of Entry will help facilitate increased trade and tourism while ensuring the safety and protection of the American people."
The project is among 26 major construction and modernization projects at land ports of entry which will be funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The average land port of entry is nearly 40 years old and overdue for upgrades. Investment in port modernization will strengthen supply chains, improve operational capabilities, modernize facility infrastructure, spur economic growth, and bolster the country's security.
These projects also provide the opportunity to incorporate sustainability features that will sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the impact of buildings on the environment, and simultaneously increase the mission readiness of the federal government by increasing resilience to climate change.
Many of these modernization projects will allow CBP to more effectively deploy the latest technology to identify high risk activity and shipments, combat drug trafficking, and increase operational security.
For more information on how GSA is modernizing land ports of entry, please go here.
*Note: Estimated project costs are planning estimates and subject to change due to time and market conditions.
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