U.S.-bound truck drivers are dealing with lengthy delays crossing the Blue Water Bridge connecting Sarnia, Ont. to Port Huron, Mich., at a time when just one lane is obtainable as a consequence of building. And native police are taking a “zero-tolerance” method to crack down on industrial autos that use residential streets to bypass the lineups.
Development started July 5 and is scheduled to final till October 5.
Workforce driver Palwinder Singh was returning to Canada and noticed vehicles lined up for seven to eight kilometers on the opposite facet of the freeway, ready to cross into the U.S. He mentioned a pal who’s a longhaul trucker informed him that he waited for 3 hours within the queue on Monday.
Trucker Sameer Vij mentioned he queued up for about an hour final week earlier than he made it to the bridge and the U.S. border crossing. He mentioned in summer season there are all the time delays on the crossing, however this yr building exercise has made issues worse.
Some truckers are attempting to keep away from the delay through the use of residential streets in Sarnia and Level Edward, sparking concern from elected officers.
Drivers head into city to beat queue
“We don’t need vehicles chopping by the village making an attempt to bypass the road as it might result in harmful conditions and the OPP will ticket any truckers that try such maneuvering,” mentioned Bev Hand, mayor of the Village of Level Edward.
Mike Bradley, mayor of Sarnia, mentioned a lot of the trucking group respects the foundations. He added that the Sarnia Police Service (SPS) and Ontario Provincial Police are making certain vehicles will not be utilizing facet streets to bypass the prolonged lineups.
“Our facet streets will not be meant for that sort of site visitors, besides in case of emergencies,” he mentioned.
Police implement zero-tolerance method
“Sarnia Police proceed to implement a zero-tolerance method to industrial motorcar site visitors taking a shortcut by town. That is an ongoing supply of aggravation for residents and is being handled by enforcement motion,” SPS mentioned on Twitter.
Enforcement continues on truck site visitors skipping the road on the Blue Water Bridge and police will proceed to challenge tickets to those that want to journey by metropolis streets and disrupt site visitors, SPS mentioned in one other tweet.
Hand says she understands it’s particularly tough for truckers who have to hold transferring with deliveries. “We wish to be sure that entry to the ramps into Sarnia and Level Edward will not be blocked by the backups as this causes questions of safety,” she mentioned.
Sending a message
Sarnia’s Bradley questioned why some or all the development work on the bridge was not completed through the pandemic when site visitors numbers had been low. “We are attempting to get American site visitors again into Canada and this doesn’t assist,” he mentioned.
He hopes ticketing by the police will ship a transparent message to truckers to not go away the freeway, and that enforcement will have an effect.
In the meantime, trucker Singh was heading to California Tuesday and the lengthy lineup was on his thoughts. He goals to achieve the crossing round 9 or 10 p.m. “The lineup will hopefully be shorter, round half an hour or so,” Singh mentioned.