Governor Cuomo Visits Peace Bridge to Announce Projects

August 4, 2012 Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT

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Governor Cuomo Visits Peace Bridge to Announce Projects

August 4, 2012 Updated Aug 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo visited Buffalo today, joining Mayor Byron Brown and local officials to announce two expansion projects in Buffalo's Peace Bridge Corridor.

The first is a $20 million expansion of the U.S. Customs Commercial Building. Governor Cuomo and the Peace Bridge Authority expect the larger building will speed up the customs process, leading to less traffic and less emissions at the border.

Construction on the building is expected to start in the fall of 2013, and take up to 2 years. The renovations will add energy-efficient upgrades, including the installation of solar panels on the roof.

Governor Cuomo also announced $15 million in funds from the New York Works Initiative will be used to expand the U.S. Peace Bridge plaza. The expansion requires the use of a two-block portion of Busti Avenue, between Vermont Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

New York State and the City of Buffalo have reached a preliminary agreement on the sale of the two blocks to the Peace Bridge Authority.

The final sale price has not been determined yet, and a timeline for construction on the project has not been set.

An estimated $17.2 billion in statewide sales income comes from the Peace Bridge each year.

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