This June, the Peace Bridge, connecting Buffalo, New York to Fort Erie, Ontario, will celebrate its 90th birthday, but in the months prior, the bridge is undergoing a massive rehabilitation project.
“A lot of people think it is just a bridge re-decking, but it’s much more than that,” said Ron Rienas, General Manager of Buffalo and Fort Erie Bridge Authority. “It’s actually a widening of the bridge including a pedestrian, cyclist walkway with an observation overlook right at the international border. It will basically be a new look bridge once it’s all complete.”
Our Senior Director of Economic Development, Daniel Leonard, sat down with Ron Rienas to discuss the $100 Million reconstruction project. He talked about the specific work being done on the bridge and how the Authority are working to mitigate traffic congestion. The project, when complete, is expected to make both commercial and passenger traffic over the Peace Bridge more efficient.
As part of our 2017 Advocacy Agenda, the Partnership continues to push for policies to help ease the movement of goods, services and people across our international borders which is essential to our bi-national economy. Specific to the Peace Bridge, the Partnership is advocating for sufficient staffing of customs agents on both Canada and US during the construction project to help with elevate potential traffic problems.
“The biggest thing is to work with the customs agencies and continually reinforce with them the importance of having the right number of booths open,” Rienas commented.
Our border efficiency priorities were shaped in large part by the work of our CanAm Council. Made up of employers from both sides of the border, the Council is focused on ways we to achieve a more seamless international border. In doing so, the Partnership believes we will create a more robust bi-national business environment and grow Buffalo Niagara as international hub for commerce and trade.