October 2, 2006

Improvements made to Buffalo/Fort Erie border crossing

Fort Erie, Ontario – A new administration building has opened at the Peace Bridge, which joins the cities of Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The Peace Bridge is Canada’s second-busiest border crossing, handling six million cars and 1.3 million trucks in 2005.

The $7 million project includes security and technology enhancements, as well as the construction of a FAST (Free and Secure Trade) bypass lane and a temporary staging area. Tolls booths have been moved from the U.S. to Canada, freeing up space in the congested U.S. plaza so that truck traffic can be processed more efficiently. Existing customs and immigration facilities are being relocated to free up space on the Canadian side, and a new refugee centre and new administration building are being constructed.

The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, is nearing the completion of the projects included in the Border Infrastructure Fund Agreement. The projects are valued at $50 million, of which $21 million will be contributed by the federal government.

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