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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 13, 2017
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   Peace Bridge Authority Announces Lane Closure
    Beginning October 16, 2017 through May 15, 2018


BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced that the Peace Bridge will be reduced to two lanes between October 16, 2017, and May 15, 2018, in order to accommodate construction related to the ongoing $100 million Peace Bridge rehabilitation.

“This lane closure, like last year’s, is not expected to significantly impact traffic flow as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency will be staffing inspection booths appropriately,” said PBA Board Chair, Tim Clutterbuck.

In 2016, the PBA retained a traffic consultant to review impact of operating a two-lane bridge during the period of lane closure, as the normal Peace Bridge lane configuration is three lanes – two lanes east (U.S. bound) and one lane west (Canada bound).  The results of the report, completed by Jacobs Civil Consultants, Inc. are available in the attached findings letter.

According to Richard Gobeille, National Toll and Finance Manager for Jacobs Civil Consultants, “A two-lane bridge [such as the Peace Bridge] with a speed limit of 30 miles per hour has a per lane capacity of approximately 1,000 vehicles per hour, which is more than the anticipated number of cars during November through May.  One lane of traffic in each direction can certainly accommodate normal traffic flows across the Peace Bridge, both east and west bound, especially during months when daily traffic volumes are significantly lower than in the summer season.”

“Several years ago the Authority embarked upon an ambitious capital improvement plan to ensure the long-term viability of the Peace Bridge as a regional and international corridor for robust travel, tourism and trade,” said PBA Vice-Chair Sam Hoyt.  “As part of this effort, and at additional cost to the Authority, we planned and scheduled a significant portion of bridge rehabilitation work to occur during the off-peak traffic season – in order to ensure minimal disruption to the traveling public.

The $100 million rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.  During the fall/winter of 2018/2019, the cycle of a single lane closure will be repeated.  All three lanes of the Peace Bridge will be open through the traditional busy summer seasons.

About the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, a binational bridge authority, has owned and operated the Peace Bridge since 1933. The bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1927, spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, and is a key international border crossing.

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October 13, 2017

 

 

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