Officials seek ways to reduce Rainbow Bridge congestion

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM EDT

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Officials seek ways to reduce Rainbow Bridge congestion

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 24, 2013 at 2:13 PM EDT

Ontario officials are trying to find a way to lessen traffic congestion around the Rainbow Bridge.

The Niagara Falls Review reports that a public information meeting will be held this Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. in Niagara Falls, Ont.

“We’ve been looking at traffic entering into Canada from the U.S. side," says Kumar Ranjan, the transportation planning project manager for the Niagara Region. "We are trying to see if we can give some kind of direct access and trying to see if we can work something in there if you are heading toward the Falls or the Falls area.”

Ranjan says the problem is the lack of space around the bridge, which connects the prime tourist areas on both sides of the border.

“It’s very tight and there’s not much room down there so we have to come up with a smart solution,” he says. “We will be presenting a number of options, but we are not looking at major infrastructure upgrades or anything of that sort. We are looking for something that will help to address this issue and that will fit in with what we have to work with. We are not looking at acquiring any property or that sort of thing.”