FORT ERIE, Ont. - Construction has begun on the Commercial Lane Traffic Improvements project at the Peace Bridge. Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson was on-hand to formally kick off the construction proje...
FORT ERIE, Ont. –Construction has begun on the Commercial Lane Traffic Improvements project at the Peace Bridge. Niagara Falls MP Rob Nicholson was on-hand to formally kick off the construction project.
“As the third busiest Canada/US commercial truck crossing, the Peace Bridge is essential to trade with the United States,” said Nicholson. “The Government of Canada is proud to have invested in this project, which is creating local jobs today in Fort Erie and the Niagara Region, while contributing to efficient trade and travel over the long term.”
The project includes construction of a fifth primary inspection lane and booth for Canada-bound trucks and a designated Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) area. The project is expected to be concluded by this summer.
The feds are pitching in $1 million -about 50% of the total cost -through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The rest of the cost is being paid by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.
“The Peace Bridge Authority is pleased to be able to partner with the Canadian government on this project. Transportation infrastructure, particularly international bridges, is key to enhancing and maximizing the binational trade and tourism relationship between Canada and the US,” said Ken Schoetz, chairman of the board of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.
“These improvements will help expedite commercial crossings into Canada, thereby reducing congestion and traffic queues, and allowing the Peace Bridge to function more efficiently.”
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