New Plan For Peace Bridge

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

July 1, 2011 Updated Jul 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM EDT

(Buffalo, N.Y.) After years of debate, the Peace Bridge Authority is shelving plans to build a new signature bridge across the Niagara River.

The $700-million dollar project needed substantial federal money which was not available.

The new plans call for renovating the Peace Bridge Plaza area with $60-million dollars of Peace Bridge Authority money.

Trucks coming into the United States will be pre-screened on the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge.

Under the original plans for the Peace Bridge Expansion Project, several homes on Buffalo's Columbus Parkway were to be torn down.

The new scaled-down plan no longer needs houses on Columbus Parkway.

However, the old Episcopal Church Home will be acquired for the project.

An historic chapel located on the property of the closed nursing home will be saved and re-used.

Officials hope that construction will begin in about three months and be completed within three years.