Real Progress on the Peace Bridge
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s 2,000 member employers recognize and appreciate the real progress towards the Peace Bridge U.S. Plaza Renovation project with the recent announcement of the U.S.A.– Canada agreement on commercial pre-inspection, the commencement of the demolition of vacant properties on Busti Avenue, and unveiling a plan to create new entry and exit ramps for the bridge. These are the first real steps taken towards a project which has been decades in the making, and we thus applaud the progress and thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his leadership on finally making the project, especially the exit and entry ramps, a reality.
The Peace Bridge’s U.S. plaza has long been a Partnership priority, having regularly been included in our annual Regional Agenda, and is a “Highlighted Issue” in the 2013 edition. The Peace Bridge U.S. plaza renovations will go a long way towards alleviating bridge traffic; decreasing the amount of “wait time” for consumers and shipped products while increasing economic productivity on both sides of the border. This week’s news, coupled with the Governor’s funding dedicated to the Peace Bridge Authority’s efforts for a new 190-North ramp in the 2012-13 NYS Budget, are critical steps towards the realization of a “new and improved” Peace Bridge plaza.
As this project moves forward, we will be working with Governor Cuomo, the City of Buffalo, the Peace Bridge Authority and community partners to ensure that this effort is successful and has an economic impact which is as extensive as possible.
Andrew Rudnick is president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, which includes more than 2,000 employer members, working for improved business competitiveness and expanded economic activity in the region.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.