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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Green Updates for Port of Entry at Grand Portage

A white building at the United States border, a canopy for two lanes of traffic
Albert Lynn [via Flickr]

A new energy-efficient border crossing facility is in the works for the Grand Portage Port of Entry. The $3.4 billion bipartisan infrastructure law has made way for such renovations, but the way forward is a slow and considered one.

"There are going to be more lanes for traffic than there used to be, there's going to be larger buildings than there used to be to meet current needs," says John Caswell, director of design and construction with the General Services Administration (GSA) Great Lakes Region 5. A public meeting to present the project and get community feedback was held on October 5th in Grand Portage. "We're trying to take this more from just building a building into building a building that's part of a community."

The targeted improvements aim to minimize wait times for idling cars, create a net-zero structure, and more while respecting the land and the community. Construction is not set to begin until 2025, with completion predicted to be in 2029. For more information and the latest updates visit the GSA website.

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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