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Civic Group Still Pushing for World Class Bridge

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The New Millennium Group is urging the public to select one, new bridge to replace the current Peace Bridge structure.

As the public gets ready to submit their favoirte three bridge design choices starting this weekend, the New Millennium Group said it wants the public to support a World Class Signature Bridge.

Spokesperson Deborah Lynn Williams said a miss-matched companion bridge is not acceptable and there are too many choices before the public.

"We think this Saturday's workshop, where we are going to be presented with thirteen different choices is far too complicated of an effort that the Bridge Authority is putting forward," said Williams. "We feel the choice is much simpler. It is a choice between one bridge or two, and the New Millennium is choosing one."

New Millennium member Patrick McNichol said keeping the current span would be too costly.

McNichol said, according to the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, it would cost 25-million dollars over the next 75-years to maintain the current Peace Bridge.

"The estimates seem incongruent and also contradict the findings of the public consensus review panel, which the Bridge Authority participated in," said McNichol. "How can it be the Public Bridge Authority's estimate of only twenty-five million for the next 75 years when their own statistics show a true number closer to 75-million?"

McNichol said they are still awaiting a financial audit on the bridge authority that is being conducted by state comptroller.

The public will help decide on the many designs and cast their votes between May 3 through the 9.

But the New Millennium Group said the bridge authority's choices are "bland and and uninspiring."