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June 26, 2013

Sides agree to Peace Bridge plan

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Niagara Gazette — The Peace Bridge Authority is expected to consider the plan at its next regular meeting Friday. Spokesman Matthew Davison said the board would have no comment Wednesday.

"The certainty allows for decisions to be made, financial decisions based on capital requirements at this bridge," Doer said. "It is a partnership. We prefer partnership over litigation."

The agreement requires the state's Empire State Development Corp. to acquire a vacant building and a street adjacent to the plaza for the creation of a neighborhood buffer.

"Our attitude was enough is enough. It has to be resolved one way or the other," Cuomo said. "That was the point of the drama of the discussion. One way or the other, we need a resolution because this is just not OK anymore."

The Peace Bridge ranks second in passenger traffic and third in commercial truck traffic among all northern border crossings, handling about 6 million vehicles each year. An estimated $40 billion in trade crosses the span annually, a number threatened by frequent backups of tractor-trailers waiting to get into the United States.

After plans to build a new bridge were abandoned after years of debate, the focus shifted in January to more immediate improvements to the U.S. plaza.

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