July 17, 2007

Redeveloped Peace Bridge Plaza officially opens in Fort Erie, Ontario

Fort Erie, Ontario – The federal government and the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority have officially opened the new plaza at the Peace Bridge. The bridge is Canada’s second-busiest border crossing, handling 5.5 million cars and 1.3 million trucks in 2006.

The plaza includes the Travellers Operations Building, Refugee Processing Unit and Newcomers Centre. The redevelopment of the plaza will help reduce border congestion and expand infrastructure capacity.

The project also included relocation of the toll band from the American plaza to the Canadian plaza; relocation and increase in the number of primary inspection lanes on the Canadian plaza; construction of an elevated employee walkway; improvements to general security; three additional primary truck inspection booths on the American plaza; and construction of a truck staging area on the Canadian plaza. The improvements are valued at $50 million and were cost-shared between the federal government and the Bridge Authority.

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