Peace Bridge Lighting Advisory & Travel Tips for Border Crossing

June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Peace Bridge Lighting Advisory & Travel Tips for Border Crossing

June 28, 2012 Updated Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM EDT

(WKBW release) Thursday, the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority announced that the Peace Bridge will be illuminated in commemoration of the upcoming Canadian and American summer holidays.

According to a news release:

On Sunday, July 1, 2011, the span will be lit in red and white hues, and on Wednesday, July 4, 2011, the bridge will feature a red, white, and blue color scheme. The light shows will commence both at 9:00 p.m. (EST) and continue until 1:00 a.m. (EST).
In addition to the bridge lighting announcement, the Authority offered motorists a few friendly tips regarding Can-Am border transit during the upcoming holidays.

“The next few weeks will be some of our most active at the Peace Bridge this summer,” said PBA Chairman Sam Hoyt. “That is why it’s important for travelers to remember a few simple tips to help make their border crossing experience even easier.”

Travelers are encouraged to utilize the following travel tips when crossing the border:

 Enroll in NEXUS and E-ZPass to help significantly expedite your border crossing. To learn more, visit www.nexusniagara.com and www.pbaezpass.com/.

 Visit mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1 (800) 715-6722 to obtain wait times for Buffalo/Niagara Region international crossings, including the Peace Bridge. These updates are revised hourly.

 Prior to arriving at the U.S. border have proper identification ready to present to Customs officers. Such documents include: Enhanced Driver’s licenses, Enhanced Non-Driver Identification, FAST Cards, NEXUS Cards, Permanent Resident Cards, Passports, and U.S. Passport Cards for travelers 16 years of age and older, and birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or Canadian citizenship cards which are acceptable forms of identification for most children 15 years of age and younger. For more information regarding entering the United States visit www.peacebridge.com/id; or for identification requirements for entering Canada visit http://cbsa.gc.ca/security-securite/admiss-eng.html.

 If traveling with children less than 16 years of age who are not part of your immediate family, obtain and carry a parental note of permission regarding cross-border travel. The note should include each child’s parental contact information and telephone numbers.

 Other than essential luggage, empty your trunk before the trip. Additional belongings in your car may add time to your crossing, as customs agents may perform a visual inspection of the belongings in your car.

 Turn off radios and cell phones when approaching Customs inspection booths and speaking with officers.

 Remember to roll down the driver and rear passenger windows, remove sunglasses, and make eye contact with Customs officers.

 Be sure to declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products, as well as items acquired for personal use.

 Be patient. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.

 Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.