May 30, 2005

Border infrastructure reaches second stage at Peace Bridge

Fort Erie, Ontario – Phase two of the Border Infrastructure Fund improvements at the Peace Bridge, linking Fort Erie, Ontario to Buffalo, New York, was announced late last week by the Government of Canada and the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.

The project is the second and final phase of construction to improve the Canadian Border Plaza at the Peace Bridge. The improvements are part of a three-year effort to reduce border congestion and expand infrastructure capacity at the bridge. The total commitment of $42 million is shared equally by the federal government and the bridge authority; the crossing is Canada’s third busiest for passenger vehicles and trucks.

Phase one has been completed in Canada, including the relocation of toll booths to Canada, construction of a new truck road exiting the customs booths, a truck staging area, and relocation of the commercial vehicle processing centre. In the United States, the first phase continues, with the construction of three new commercial customs booths and a relocated duty free shop. These improvements will increase commercial capacity and efficiency by 75 per cent and are expected to be completed in the fall of 2005.

Phase two involves the extension of a truck queuing lane, and relocation of the primary and secondary customs facilities. In the United States, the second phase includes a relocated toll administration building, with a First Nations interpretive centre in the lobby.

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