Thousand Islands Bridge – Alexandria Bay
In Spanish it is known as “El puente de las mil islas” and if you have not had the opportunity to cross this area you should know that you will find several bridges that cross the San Lorenzo River. Its architecture is spectacular, in addition to the great landscape that you can enjoy when passing through this crossing. The connection with Canada is via Highway 401 (extending northeast of Montreal and southwest of Toronto) and 416 which goes north of Ottawa.
Between the United States and Canada, trade and tourism relations remain strong, so it is normal for thousands of people to use border crossings daily to move between the two countries, which is why the Bridge of the Thousand Islands has become one of the 10 most frequent border crossings between the US and Canada.
In order to maintain the security of the border area, exhaustive controls are made to prevent the traffic of prohibited substances or articles between the two countries, therefore it is normal that there is enough traffic during peak hours and during holiday periods such as summer, and may be delayed for up to two hours. With respect to the type of vehicles that pass through the bridge, the transit of personal and commercial vehicles is allowed, you just have to keep in mind that it is a heavy truck corridor, I-81 is normally used as an internal option to I-95 that It is the busiest. It is possible that in the face of heavy congestion you will see that the trucks are diverted by the Ogdensburg-Prescott bridge.
On the other hand, regarding the opening hours the border crossing is available 24 hours a day every day of the week, but there are NEXUS lanes both to enter the US or Canada that normally are not open 24 hours a day (7 days a week), therefore you should check what are the schedules and availability of these lanes before traveling. Also, before crossing, you should check if there are specific rules for vehicle exports, because normally the original documents are requested at the port at least 72 hours prior to export.