Peace Bridge plaza improvements begin

FORT ERIE, Ont. — Construction is set to begin on the Peace Bridge Commercial Lane Traffic Improvements project and is expected to be complete this summer.

The $2 million project includes the construction of a fifth primary inspection lane and booth for Canada-bound commercial vehicles and a designated Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) area.

"As the third-busiest Canada-U.S. commercial truck crossing, the Peace Bridge is essential to trade with the United States," said Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, MP for Niagara Falls.

The Government of Canada’s contribution of up to $1 million comes through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund. The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority will contribute the remaining $1 million.

"Transportation infrastructure, particularly international bridges, is key to enhancing and maximizing the binational trade and tourism relationship between Canada and the United States," said Ken Schoetz, chairman 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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