Lewiston-Queenston Bridge backups prompt action plan

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Long backups on the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge are forcing the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission to raise money to improve traffic for Canadian motorists bound for New York.

Bloomberg News reports that the Canadian Bridge Commission authorized the sale of $31 million municipal bonds to kick start the project. It is the first time in two decades they’ve done so.

Victor Mantalbo, the commission’s manager of administration and finance, said the money will be used to modernize the U.S. customs area in Lewiston. Bridge stats show that 168,000 U.S-bound vehicles cross the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge last month.

The bridge frequently has a two–hour wait time to clear customs, the longest of the three bridge border crossings in the Niagara region.

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