The Watertown Daily Times is reporting that Rep. Bill Owens and the White House are partnering to push for a new border crossing station onWellesly Island in the Thousand Islands region of the North Country.
Officials at the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority have been pushing for the project, which they say will cut down on travel time for commercial and passenger traffic and make the crossing more attractive for trucks. They say the project has been needed since staffing increased dramatically following the 9-11 attacks.
“This is good news for both tourism to the region and for truck traffic over the bridge,” W. Howard Kelly, director of the Capital Corridor Trade and Tourism Initiative of the TIBA, said in an e-mail.
According to the Times, the fact that President Barack Obama has included the project in his funding request makes it far more likely to survive the budget process in Washington.