GREAT FALLS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a news release Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, that there are “potential travel delays” at the Sweetgrass border crossing, MT / Coutts, Alberta due to Canadian Highway closure. 4, which is north of the border crossing.
The agency said just after 7 p.m. that Canadian Highway 4, north of the Sweetgrass, MT/Coutts, Alberta border crossing, was closed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The Port of Sweetgrass remains open, but people should be aware that their ability to travel north into Canada or south into the United States at the Sweetgrass/Coutts border crossing may be impaired.
If you are currently traveling or planning to travel through the Sweetgrass port of entry, CBP advises that you research alternate routes using an alternate port of entry. A list of entry points into Montana can be found at the CBP website.
Although CBP did not specify the reason for the closure and delays, it is due to shows of solidarity with a convoy of truckers who arrived in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, on Saturday.
Radio-Canada Calgary announced Saturday“RCMP says a large protest has blocked Highway 4 in southern Alberta in the north and south lanes near the village of Coutts, Alberta, blocking traffic to and from the border crossing between Canada and the U.S. Cars, trucks, farm tractors and other vehicles filled the highway – from south of Lethbridge, Alberta to the Canada-US border crossing at Coutts – in support of a national convoy of truckers arriving in Ottawa , in the stated purpose of protesting the trucker’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.”
the national post of Canada says Ottawa police expect the total number of vehicles on the “Freedom Convoy” to reach between 1,000 and 2,000.