Posted by: rbmcarriers | July 11, 2008

Queenstown – Lewiston Border Crossing

Many transport carriers choose to use the Queenstown – Lewiston border crossing when leaving north-west New York state or leaving Ontario for hauling to strategic points in the US.  As more and more traffic is crossing our borders on a daily basis, the infrustructure of the crossings need to be enhanced, enlarged, or even new bridges and customs clearance depots built.

The “Feds” have kicked in $62 million to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission to assist the completion of the project, Today’s Trucking reported on June 27th copied here for your reading.

Feds give Niagara bridge project big cash boost

Ottawa is kicking in $62 million to assist the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission for the completion of a $130-million project to redevelop the Canadian plaza at the Queenston-Lewiston border crossing.

Phase One of the project began in March 2007 and entailed the construction of new toll, parking and commercial inspection facilities.

This second phase includes the construction of a commercial vehicle secondary inspection warehouse, additional passenger primary inspection lanes, a new central building for the Canada Border Services Agency, a new animal inspection facility and the installation of a wall to separate traffic bound for Canada and for the U.S.

The work represents the largest facelift the bridge has undergone since it opened in 1962.

Artist’s drawing of the Queenston
border expansion project

The Queenston-Lewiston bridge is the fourth-busiest Canada-United States commercial and land border crossing.

In 2007, bridge traffic accounted for about 920,000 two-way commercial vehicle crossings, or 2,500 commercial vehicles per day.

Improving the existing plaza will allow the NFBC to take advantage of additional capacity provided by the recently constructed fifth bridge lane, which dedicates one lane in each direction to the FAST program.

This project is funded under the $33-billion Building Canada plan through the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund.

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