First leg of Niagara bridge work completed

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The first phase of a $49-million expansion project at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge is now complete.

At an opening ceremony last Friday, officials explained that the extra lane capacity (to five, from three) and commercial processing centre expansion will immediately reduce truck traffic tie-ups at the border.

A new truck-dedicated roadway on the U.S. also separates cars from commercial traffic. Separating them sooner and steering them to the appropriate inspection booths is expected to lead to faster processing, according to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

The Queenston-Lewiston Bridge handles the fourth-highest volume of truck traffic between Canada and the U.S.

A second phase, scheduled to begin in April, will increase the number of car lanes to 10 from the six in place now. A new administrative building for Canada Border Services Agency staff is also being constructed.


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