Peace Bridge to offer travel free of charge
BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority) announced that it will not charge tolls on Friday, December 25, 2015, in celebration of the Christmas holiday. The toll-free period will be in effect for 24 hours, beginning at 12:00 a.m. on Christmas morning and ending at 12:00 a.m. on December 26, 2015.
Request for Pre-Qualifications
Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project
United States and Canada
Responses Due: November 13, 2015
The Peace Bridge, owned and operated by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (the “Authority”), is an international border crossing, carrying vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the upper Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, and Buffalo, New York, United States of America. The Peace Bridge is a 3 lane toll road bridge constructed in 1927, and measures 3,998 feet (1,219 m) long over 49 spans.
The Authority is issuing a Request for Pre-Qualifications (“RFPQ”) from contractors interested in bidding on the construction of the Peace Bridge Rehabilitation Project (the “Project”). This Project will require a bi-national team for construction, with experience in the laws and best practices of both Ontario, Canada and New York, U.S.A., and interested contractors shall present themselves as such in the RFPQ. Respondents may be individuals, corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, or joint ventures. It is expected that the Authority will communicate with one project manager for all work associated with the Project, and that the management team obtain by their own means appropriate work permits from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) so that they may perform management functions in both the U.S and Canada as necessary. However, a division of construction labor at the nations’ physical border will be required.
Scope of services will generally include, but not be limited to, complete replacement of the structural slab, widening of the structure including the addition of a pedestrian walkway/bikeway and observation platform, structural steel replacement, rehabilitation and strengthening, installation of electrical and fiber infrastructure, and installation of new architectural traffic control gantries, railings, and light posts. The contractor will also be responsible for all construction management, including maintenance and protection of traffic on and under the Peace Bridge.
The Project is scheduled to begin in August 2016, and construction will continue for a period of three (3) years. Deck replacement work will be conducted during the off-peak travel season only (October 15th through May 1st). Following each off-peak season, the contractor must return the bridge to a condition that will facilitate present traffic capacity for the peak travel season, during which miscellaneous tasks may be performed should they not impede traffic. The Project is scheduled for completion in May 2019.
Addition of designated lanes to improve summer travel for NEXUS users
BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the NEXUS Niagara campaign team – consisting of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA), Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)announced that Canada and the United States (U.S.) are delivering on key Beyond the Border Action Plan commitments related to joint Trusted Traveller and Trusted Trader programs, including the official opening of second NEXUS lane for expedited passage at the Peace Bridge port of entry in Fort Erie, Ontario.
BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Peace Bridge Authority (PBA) once again celebrated Earth Day by undertaking an extensive litter and debris cleanup initiative along the Fort Erie Friendship Trail.
Projects not slated to impact traffic during busy 2015 and 2016 summer travel seasons
BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced the continuation of its $167 million capital plan with the unveiling of several additional projects, including the widening of the bridge to 4 lanes in Canada, re-decking of the span, and installation of a scenic overlook feature along the international boundary line.
New advanced data entry program available for motor coaches
BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) and Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) – in conjunction with respective border agencies – announced the implementation of the Buffalo Niagara “Border Planner” program, which will help coordinate advanced port arrival data for charter buses, tours, and motor coaches traveling the region’s border crossings through a new online portal service.