Peace Bridge upgrade to reduce congestion
The addition of three inspection booths at the Peace Bridge, the U.S./Canada border crossing between Buffalo, N.Y. and Fort Erie, Ontario, is expected to improve the flow of traffic and reduce delays for passengers and commercial vehicles headed to the United States.
The Can$4.3 million ($3.6 million) expansion project was funded by the government of Canada and the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.
Canadian officials also said the project included demolishing toll booths on the U.S. side of the bridge and moving them to the Canadian side; and relocating five automobile inspection lanes to the north end of the inspection plaza to allow room for three new truck inspection lanes that will increase processing capacity by 75 percent.
The new lanes are part of a joint infrastructure initiative that includes improvements for security, technology, plazas on both sides of the bridge, and the commercial vehicle processing center in Canada.