BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- More travelers are expected to hit the road this holiday weekend compared to last year. "Going to my sister in Toronto, coming from Long Island and more than half way there," Jeff Fein said with his wife Goldy and two children in the car as they made their way toward the Peace Bridge. "We're just concerned about the border, we'll see how that goes."
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with the Bridge Commission, have additional workers for the entire weekend to accommodate all the travelers. "We'll open lanes in advance, we'll have the appropriate staffing to man every lane, and we try to stay ahead of it when we can," Greg Bennett, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said. "On Canada Day itself and maybe the night before that is the heaviest flow of traffic, people want to get to their destinations on their holiday week. Kind of steadies out over the rest of the weekend and then we prepare again for the after holiday traffic...Sunday night and Monday."
All lanes are open at the four local border crossings. Travelers are being reminded to have all their proper documentation ready to go, especially vehicles with families. "Whether it's a passport, passport card, trusted traveler card, enhanced driver's license...be prepared," Bennett said. "When they come over and have the documents ready to present to the officer, it will save time for them and other travelers behind them."
For locals who cross the border regularly, some say they're just staying home to avoid the traffic delays. "I've been crossing the last 17 years back and forth and you know when there's a holiday coming up," Carol Brunton, a Fort Erie resident said. "Just hang out with the family...do the pool, enjoy finally the nice warm sunshine, but gonna stay close to home."