Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge Border Crossing

Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge border crossing 

Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge border crossing

The Ogdensburg – Prescott border crossing is a 1.5-mile suspension bridge that spans over St. Lawrence River and connects Johnstown, Ontario to Ogdensburg, New York.

The border crossing has been around since 1800, with vessels crossing the river to either city. The bridge was built in 1960 to replace the ferry service. The US and Canadian border stations that were built to service the travelers using the bridge have since been replaced with more modern facilities.

While built to accommodate heavy loads such as semi-trailer trucks, commercial traffic makes up approximately 10% of the bridge’s traffic. Based on data gathered by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 339,115 vehicles crossed this bridge in 2015. It is considered one of the 20 busiest land ports between US and Canada.

The Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge is managed by the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority and charges a toll. Toll booths are located after the US border station. Travelers entering the US from Canada will need to undergo customs inspection first before heading to the toll booths. To see the current bridge rates, visit the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority’s website here.


Hours of Operations & Wait Times in Ogdensburg Prescott International Bridge

The US and Canadian ports of entry at this international bridge are open to passenger and commercial vehicles 24/7. Crossing the border at this bridge is relatively easy, and delays are usually not long. According to the CBSA, the standard wait time from Monday to Thursday is around 10 minutes. On Friday, weekends, and holidays, the wait time increases to around 20 minutes.

Travelers can get current wait times at the Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge crossing by visiting the CBP and CBSA websites. Monitoring wait times while on the road is also possible through the CBP Border Wait Times app on Google Play or iTunes or the CanBorder app.


Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Traffic can get heavy heading towards the Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge border crossing because of its popularity to passenger vehicles heading to nearby Ottawa. However, it is relatively lighter than the traffic at the Thousand Islands Bridge nearby. Commercial traffic prefers the other crossing due to its direct connection to US interstate highways.

The state of New York provides travelers with updates on road incidents, roadway conditions, weather, and travel speed on their highways through their 511 Traveler Information System. To get these reports, travelers can call 511 or 888-465-1169 (calls from outside the NY state), download the 511NY app (iTunes, Google Play), or visit the 511NY website.

Ontario also provides reports on traffic and road conditions in the province through a similar program. To get information on weather-related traffic, road closures, incidents, and construction projects, travelers can call 511 (or 1-866-929-4257 for calls outside the province). Two other options for getting travel information are following the Twitter account @511Ontario and visiting the MTO Ontario 511 website.


Contact & Directions for Your Trip

Travelers who want to know more about crossing the border at the Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge can get in touch with the customs officials at this location through the numbers listed below. To drive to this international bridge, travelers can use the map and directions below as a guide.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
From the US, head north on New York State 812 (NY 812) to reach the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge. From Ontario, head south on Highway 416 until you reach Johnstown where the road becomes Highway 16 shortly before it reaches the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge.

Address & Phone Numbers

  • U.S.: Ogdensburg Bridge Plaza, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
  • US Customs: (315) 393-1390
  • Canada: Highway 16 and County Road 2 Junction, Prescott ON K0E 1T0
  • Canadian Customs: (613) 925-2933

Things to Know About the Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge Border Crossing:

  • Travelers can get in touch with the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority by calling 315-393-4080.
  • Travelers can avail of discounted bridge rates when they purchase toll cards for multiple crossings. These cards can be purchased at the Bridge Plaza Office.
  • Duty free shops are located at both sides of the bridge. The Johnstown Duty Free is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm. The Duty Free Americas is also open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.
  • The Ogdensburg – Prescott International Bridge is also called the St. Lawrence Bridge and the Seaway Skyway.

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