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Published January 16, 2012, 05:21 PM

Study Looks to Ease Traffic Backup at Pembina

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — A study hopes to find ways to ease traffic backups at one of the busiest border crossing stations between Canada and the United States.

By: Associated Press,

PEMBINA, N.D. (AP) — A study hopes to find ways to ease traffic backups at one of the busiest border crossing stations between Canada and the United States.

The stations are located in Pembina, in northeastern North Dakota, and Emerson in southern Manitoba.

Customs officials say the port of entry has handled $13 billion to $17 billion worth of goods hauled by trucks for each of the last five years.

North Dakota, Manitoba and the federal Transport Canada agency are financing a $200,000 study of how to avoid backups that can stretch for more than a mile. It should be finished by September.

North Dakota Department of Transportation official Jack Olson tells the Grand Forks Herald that both Canadian and U.S. officials want a long-range plan for the interchange.

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