Hilarious: U.S. upgrade crossing post by investing $8.5 million, and Canada closed their side of the border.
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told concerned locals Wednesday that there may be a way to salvage an underused crossing post that was left in the lurch amid a multimillion renovation when the Canadians closed their side of the border.
The tiny border station — which not too long ago closed for the night by placing three orange traffic cones on the road — primarily serves as a passage for cross-border farmers on a lonely stretch of the border. An $8.5 million renovation was under way to deal with modern security needs when Canada announced it would close its side of the crossing that sees just five travelers a day.
That prompted U.S. officials to halt construction amid criticism that the whole project is a waste of taxpayer money.
Napolitano, holding a town hall in Havre with the state’s two U.S. senators, was told by locals that they don’t want to see the border closed, but they also don’t think it needs a multimillion dollar upgrade.
“Farmers that work hard for their money want to know about this $8 million fiasco,” said Julie French, a state legislator from nearby Scobey.
Napolitano said the Canadians didn’t give early warning to the United States that their side of the border in northeastern Montana would be closed. She plans to send envoys to visit with both the locals and with Canadian officials to find a solution, and study the impact of closing the station entirely.
“We will do these things and we will do them in relatively short order,” Napolitano said
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