Peace Bridge prediction: busy

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — The Peace Bridge Authority and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission are advising travelers it will take longer to cross the various bridges this long-weekend.

The Peace Bride, Lewiston-Queenston and Rainbow Bridges are expecting heavier than normal traffic due to increases in seasonal tourism, special events being held throughout Niagara Region and the civic holiday.

In the event of heavy traffic congestion truck drivers are advised the I-190 Exit 9 ramp to the U.S. Plaza will be closed to commercial carriers. Drivers travelling northbound on I-190 approaching the Peace Bridge will be directed past the bridge’s ramp entrance to Niagara Street, turn right on Busti Avenue, and enter the U.S. Plaza at Vermont Street.

Drivers should use the normal I-90 approach for the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. Those having a destination other than the bridge are advised to exit at Witmer Road, proceed to the Military Road and drive north.

Access to Rainbow Bridge in downtown Niagara Falls is unchanged.

Travelers having CANPASS are advised to use Whirlpool Rapids Bridge. This is a CANPASS only crossing. U.S. bound traffic using any of the three bridge crossings should follow current travel routes. Additional overflow routes will be established if necessary.

Radio station 1610 AM will air Variable Message Signs on the New York State Thruway and I-190 for current conditions and travel instructions. The Niagara International Transportation Coalition (NITTEC) Traffic Operations Center will update the information as traffic conditions change. For Peace Bridge conditions, visit their web cameras at www.peacebridge.com. For Rainbow and Queenston/Lewiston traffic updates tune into 105.1 FM.

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