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Peace Bridge reduced to two lanes until May

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 11:55:28-04

If you're traveling to and from Canada within the next six months, you'll run into some construction on the Peace Bridge.

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBS) announced the Peace Bridge will be reduced to two lanes between November 15, 2016 and May 15, 2017. The lanes will be closed to help construction related to the $100 million Peace Bridge rehabilitation project.

The PBA has also asked elected officials and the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to reduce traffic by advocating for sufficient Customs staffing levels during the construction period.

The PBA Board Chair, Sam Hoyt, says there should be little to no traffic disruptions as long as Customs stays appropriately staffed and keeps inspection lanes open through the winter.

With daily traffic flow volumes lower during the winter months than in the summer, one lane traffic in each direction is not expected to be much of a problem, according to Richard Gobeille, National Toll and Finance Manager for Jacobs Civil Consultants.

The $100 million rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in spring 2019.