Lane closures at Lynden border crossing begin Tuesday

Drivers who use the Lynden-Aldergrove border crossing into Canada should be prepared for daytime lane closures Tuesday, Nov. 3, and Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Crews working for the Washington Department of Transportation will restripe lanes and add signs on Guide Meridian just south of the border from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Flaggers will direct traffic through the work zone.

The restriping and signing work will connect the current highway with three new northbound lanes that were built in 2014, relieving a bottleneck that can create long traffic backups. The lanes have been blocked off while Canada Border Services Agency changes the configuration of its Aldergrove, B.C., port-of-entry facility.

The Washington Transportation Department will open the new northbound section of Guide Meridian early Monday morning, Nov. 9, before the reconfigured Aldergrove facility opens at 8 a.m. Until then, drivers will use the current crossing and the department will use cones and traffic barrels to mark lanes on Guide Meridian to and from the border.

However, commercial trucks will not be able to use the border crossing from Nov. 9-22. During that two-week period, commercial trucks will need to use the Pacific Highway crossing in Blaine, or the Highway 9 crossing in Sumas.

The Lynden-Aldergrove crossing is open 8 a.m. to midnight daily. Project details: wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr539/bordercrossing/.