The remaining Australian Defence Force personnel at border checkpoints have been withdrawn, causing big crossing delays.
Traffic was banked up past the railway overpass on the Lincoln Causeway, and to the Bandiana Link on-ramp on the Hume Freeway consistently throughout Friday.
The third lane on the Lincoln Causeway introduced in September was not open for peak lunchtime traffic.
Crossing times have blown out to an hour or more.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said the withdrawal of ADF began on October 15.
"This phased withdrawal is due to be completed by Friday 30 October 2020," she said.
"Additional police will be deployed to border checkpoints in line with operational requirements."
The traffic sign advising Wodonga residents of their expected crossing time has been removed from South Street.
The unexpected closure of the third lane on the Lincoln Causeway and long waits to cross the border resulted in lunch cancellations at La Maison Cafe.
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Albury Mayor Kevin Mack said improvement should be seen over the weekend.
"I spoke with the local Superintendent, and they're waiting for the extra police to arrive today and tomorrow, to bring that into some level of alignment and relieve the queues," he said.
"They lost the Army, the transitioning of extra police is happening in the next 24 hours, so they hope to see a significant change into the weekend and next week."