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4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Fort Erie mayor left out of Peace Bridge truck issues

The mayor of Fort Erie says if Washington wants to make big changes at the Peace Bridge, it should be consulting the governments at the other end of the span in Canada, but it has not.

Peace Bridge in Buffalo from 190.
Credit WBFO News file photo

In back room meetings, Washington looked at shifting all truck traffic off the Peace Bridge and onto the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. The agencies involved didn't tell anyone and it was months before the news came out.

This was at the same time some of the same agencies were looking at shifting Customs processing on trucks coming into the U.S. back to Fort Erie.

Peace Bridge Plaza.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Fort Erie Town Mayor Doug Martin said no one told him and trucking is big business and a big employer in his town.

"That would have been appropriate. That, since this is an international bridge and half of the bridge is managed by representatives of the Federal Government of Canada. You would have thought that maybe we would have been consulted or advised as to what the plans were. But, apparently we weren't and know nothing about it," said Mayor Martin.

Martin is familiar with bridge issues since he was on the Peace Bridge Authority board at one time. He said resident issues are important in connection with the bridge, with some on the U.S. side wanting to shift trucks to the International Railway Bridge and then through a Fort Erie residential neighborhood.