Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge Border Crossing

Edmundston Madawaska Bridge Border Crossing 

Edmundston Madawaska Bridge Border Crossing

The Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge is an international bridge that crosses the Saint John River and connects the towns of Edmundston, New Brunswick and Madawaska, Maine. Originally, a cable ferry was used for crossing the border between the two towns. In 1921, the bridge was built using asphalt and timber. The bridge’s current steel grid deck was built in 1961. The Maine Department of Transportation and the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure are currently seeking proposals for a feasibility study on identifying a location for a replacement or alternative bridge to help ease heavy commercial traffic that passes through the Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge.


Hours of Operations & Wait Times in Edmundston Madawaska Bridge

The US border station is open 24/7 to all vehicles. The Canadian border station operates the same hours for passenger vehicles. Its commercial services, however, is only open on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm except on holidays.

Heavy truck traffic is a usual occurrence at the Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge due to the narrow width of the bridge as well as the small space at the Canadian port of entry. Moreover, the Canadian border station only has one parking space for inspecting commercial vehicles which can cause a line up of all other vehicles waiting to cross the border. The large number of passenger vehicles that pass through daily also account for some delays at the border crossing. Travelers can check for border wait times online by visiting the CBP or CSBA websites. If you want to monitor border wait times on your trip, you can do so by getting the CBP Border Wait Times app (Google Play or iTunes) or the CanBorder app


Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Based on data gathered by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge is one of the most traveled northern border ports of entry in the US. In fact, it’s the 15th busiest border crossing along the US-Canada border with more than 1,000 vehicles passing through each day. Traffic can get heavy, especially in the commercial lane.

If you’re visiting Maine, you can call 511 or 866-282-7578 (calls from outside Maine) to get updated traffic and road conditions in the state. An interactive map is also available if you want to plan your trip ahead of time. New Brunswick also gives updated traffic advisories and road construction reports through their travel information hotline; dial 511 if you’re already in New Brunswick and 800-561-4063 if you’re outside of the Canadian province.


Contact & Directions for Your Trip

If you want to learn more about the Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge port of entry as well as anything about crossing the US-Canada border, you can get in touch with one of the customs officials on either border station using the phone numbers listed below. You can also reach the international bridge by following the map and the directions posted below.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
To reach Canada, drive north along US Route 1 until you reach the town center of Madawaska. Turn at Bridge Avenue where there’s a sign with an arrow that says “Edmundston N.B.” Drive straight until you cross the bridge into Canada. From the New Brunswick Route 2, which is part of the Trans-Canada Highway, take exit 18 towards New Brunswick Route 120. Follow it all the way to Rue Saint Francois where the Canadian port of entry is located.

Address & Phone Numbers

  • U.S.: 63 Bridge Avenue, Madawaska, ME 04756
  • US Customs: (207) 728-4376
  • Canada: 66 Saint Francois Street, Room 107, Edmundston NB E3V 1E6
  • Canadian Customs: (506) 735-5292

Things to Know About Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge Border Crossing:

  • Pedestrians can use the Edmundston – Madawaska Bridge to cross the US-Canada border.
  • Madawaska and Edmundston’s economies are highly dependent on each other due to cross-border trade which makes the bridge a very important border crossing for the communities.
  • Madawaska, Maine is the northernmost town in New England and the most northeasterly town in the US which makes it one of the Four Corners of the USA.
  • Enjoy the beautiful views of Edmundston and the surrounding area by walking the Downtown Trails. There are also plenty of other attractions in the city which you can find on their interactive map. To view the map, download the Ondago app from Google Play and iTunes.
  • Visit the Fortin-du-Petit-Sault-Petit-Sault-Blockhouse in Edmundston, a reconstructed fort that was originally built in 1841 as part of a defensive line during the bloodless Aroostook War – the war of borders between England and the US.
  • Learn about the history and heritage of the first settlers of Madawaska, Maine at the Tante Blanche Museum, the Fred Albert House, and the Acadian Landing Site.
  • Most of the residents of Madawaska are of Acadian descent which has resulted in French-speaking locals with a bit of English and Quebecois. The blending of these languages is called “Valley French.”

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