18 Mar 04
Report favours keeping Peace Bridge
A draft technical evaluation report on the Peace Bridge expansion project recommends building a second bridge alongside instead of replacing the original 1927 structure. The 26 page report looks at ways of catering for traffic growth on the crossing between Buffalo, New York with Fort Erie, Ontario. Many structural options are examined, with total costs of a new companion bridge estimated at US$175 million to US$195 million. A replacement bridge is put at US$260 million to US$275 million. The report concludes that that there is no structural or economic reason to remove the existing bridge. The amount spent on demolition could give it another 75 years of life alongside a second bridge.