Three Nations Crossing

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Three Nations Crossing
Cornwall Canada Customs Building 2010.jpg
The former Canadian Border Inspection Station on Cornwall Island
Country United States; Canada

US Port: 30M Seaway International Bridge, Rooseveltown, New York 13683

Canadian Port: 755 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall, Ontario K6J 5C6
Coordinates 44°59′26″N 74°44′22″W / 44.990602°N 74.739561°W / 44.990602; -74.739561
Opened 1935
US Phone (315) 769-3091
Canadian Phone (613) 932-5875
Hours Open 24 Hours

The Three Nations Crossing is a border crossing on the Canada–US border, connecting the city of Cornwall, Ontario in Canada to Rooseveltown, New York, a neighbourhood within the town of Massena, in the United States. The crossing is traversed by the Seaway International Bridge, which crosses the St. Lawrence River and is 4.7 km (2.9 mi) in total length.

In 2000, the international border crossing was named the Three Nations Crossing, in honour of the Mohawks of Akwesasne who inhabit the region.

On May 31, 2009, Akwesasne Mohawks occupied the area around the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) port of entry building to protest the Canadian government's decision to arm border agents on Mohawk land by June 1, 2009. At 11:45 p.m. on May 31, the border guards were ordered by the CBSA to leave the building, Canadian Customs was closed, and the north span of the bridge was closed.[1] Although American Customs remained opened for southbound traffic, northbound traffic was blocked on the American side by both American and Canadian officials. Over the following six weeks, the Canadian border officially remained closed. At 06:00 on July 13, CBSA opened a "temporary" border inspection station at the north end of the north span of the bridge in the city of Cornwall, effectively opening the bridge for all traffic in both directions. The Akwesasne Mohawks continue to stage periodic protests which result in the temporary closure of the crossing.

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