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Peace Bridge work may be easing traffic problems

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Peace Bridge

The head of the Peace Bridge Authority says travelers on the span are already benefiting from major construction projects which are underway on the U.S. plaza.  

Even those who go by the bridge on the Thruway's Niagara section know there is a lot of work going on, as they have watched construction workers struggle through this terrible winter to keep the projects moving along.

One is finished. That's the widening of the final section of the bridge to give cars better access to the NEXUS lane.

Authority Chairman Sam Hoyt said a series of others will be finished next year. Hoyt noted the new projects will work best if Washington can keep all Customs booths staffed when needed.
"Full cooperation from our federal partners and that means continuing our good working relationship with Customs and Border Patrol. It means working with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Congressman Higgins in terms of advocacy with regard to fully staffing these booths," Hoyt said.

By the time $56 million has been spent late next year, there will be new ramps with the Thruway, a new Customs warehouse and, removal of Baird Drive which carries vehicles through Front Park.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.