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Officials warn of possible delays at Rainbow Bridge due to demonstration

Posted at 11:58 AM, Feb 16, 2020

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) and local law enforcement in Niagara Falls are issuing a warning to motorists that a demonstration may cause delays on the Rainbow Bridge Sunday afternoon.

According to a release, the NFBC is aware of a possible public demonstration by the Wet'suwet'en Nation on Ontario Highway 420 leading up to the bridge Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Officials warn it may cause delays and urge motorists to use the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge as an alternative during that time.

"We anticipate police presence at the entrance to the Rainbow Bridge to ensure the smooth movement of traffic and safety of all, though the demonstration is expected to maintain its usual peaceful standing," a release states.

The Western New York Peace Center says it will stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation Sunday and hold a demonstration of their own on the American side of the bridge.

The demonstration is in opposition to a proposed pipeline.