Preventing Progress at Bridge

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Preventing Progress at Bridge

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Governor Cuomo said Canadian officials are preventing progress on this side of the boarder and delaying plans to rebuild the U.S. plaza.

A report in the Buffalo news sources a letter sent by Cuomo's office to Canada's Minister of Transport. It criticizes the peace bridge authority, mainly the five Canadian board members, accusing them of stonewalling plans. The main concern is over improvements the state wants to make to the plaza and the surrounding neighborhood.

Last August, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy announced those improvements were coming soon and badly needed at the busy boarder crossing.

"This is the second busiest crossing between the U.S. and Canada. People's jobs and livelihoods depend on this opening up and relieving the congestion," Duffy said.

Now, the Governor's office is reportedly concerned those improvements, which have been years in the making, are in jeopardy and he puts the blame on the Canadian members of the bridge authority.

The Peace Bridge Authority is scheduled to meet just after 8 a.m. and a representative from the Governor's office is expected to be on hand.