NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — The governments of Canada and Ontario are improving a major Niagara border crossing by building a fifth lane on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge. The addition will be built at an estimated cost of $45 million (Canadian dollars), shared equally by both governments and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. Major work by Rankin Construction of St. Catharines is underway, with completion slated for December 2005. This work follows the recent completion of the addition of two new truck lanes to Highway 405, the main corridor leading to the bridge.
"This border improvement project will go a long way to ease traffic congestion and will benefit the people of the Niagara Region. It will relieve congestion on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge and facilitate the movement of goods in a major trade corridor," said Welland Member of Parliament John Maloney.
The additional lane on the bridge will be designated for commercial vehicles that have security clearance under the Free and Secure Trade program, so less time is spent waiting to cross the border. This lane will connect with the newly constructed lanes on Highway 405.
The Government of Canada’s investment comes from the $600 million Border Infrastructure Fund. The fund is designed to contribute to projects that reduce border congestion, improve the flow of goods and services and expand infrastructure capacity over the medium term.
Provincial funding for this project is part of the Ontario government’s investment of nearly $1 billion in highway infrastructure this year to improve safety, ease congestion and save drivers time.