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    Road removal plan seeks to connect Niagara Falls to ‘greatest waterfront in the world’

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    From the Buffalo News:

    The plan calls for removing a 2-mile section of the Niagara Scenic Parkway in Niagara Falls.

    And it’s getting some good reviews.

    “We certainly see it as a positive opportunity for us,” said Gary K. Siddall, executive director of the Aquarium of Niagara. “There’s a lot of obstruction (now) with the bridge over the parkway and the parkway itself. It cuts us off from the tourist areas.”

    Construction of Bowen Rd bridge replacement

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    I saw this notice in the July 13, 2017 edition of the Niagara This Week newspaper. The future location of the Canadian Motor Speedway is very close to this highway interchange. I wonder if the replacement of this bridge/overpass means the track is any closer to moving ahead…

    Limited construction expected at Niagara Falls bridge crossings this season

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    From WBFO News:

    Cross-border travelers have more than Canada’s sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada’s history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s three crossings this summer.
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    American side of Niagara Falls to go silent

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    From North Country Public Radio:

    Parks officials in New York are planning a project of historic significance: temporarily shutting off the American Falls. That will dramatically alter a natural wonder that attracts millions of tourists from around the world.

    The Niagara Falls State Park project is designed to replace two pedestrian bridges that are over 100 years old. Those bridges connect the main section of the park to Goat Island, which splits the Niagara River into two falls, one in Canada and the other in the U.S.

    Shutting off the flow of the river and the falls will give construction workers access to the bridge supports.

    Leaders from both sides tell Ottawa more resources needed at border

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    From WBFO.org:

    Seven elected leaders, including the mayors of three Western New York municipalities, have co-signed a letter to Canadian federal officials urging them to increase resources that will help ease long waits at local international bridges.

    Steering in the right direction

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A Niagara Falls councillor wants to steer visitors in the right … or left direction.

    Coun. Wayne Thomson wants the city, the Region, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the Ministry of Transportation to work together to allow motorists who cross the Rainbow Bridge to be able to make left hand turns onto Falls Ave.

    As it stands now, motorists leaving the bridge are forced onto Roberts St. and Highway 420.

    WOLCOTT: Clinking Canadian coin cache

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    From the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal:

    Let’s say you have 30 cents in change. There are only two coins, but one of them is not a quarter. What are the coins?

    It took a bit of time for me to catch on to my great nephew’s puzzler. Now I’m wondering what to do with my Canadian coins, a quarter and a nickel.

    One night this week, I walked over the Rainbow Bridge to Canada.

    Bring GO to Niagara Falls, says Region

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Regional council has asked GO Transit to find a way to extend daily train service to Niagara Falls.

    Metrolinx, the provincial agency in charge of GO Transit, is studying a possible expansion of the popular commuter service into Niagara.

    GO is looking at four different expansion routes, including one that follows the northern peninsula CN rail line all the way to Niagara Falls.

    But GO officials have said that route may require a costly bridge over — or tunnel under — the Welland Canal to avoid ship traffic. GO is also considering an option that would see the train stop in St. Catharines, with travelers boarding buses to continue to the Honeymoon Capital.

    But at Thursday’s meeting, regional council approved a staff recommendation to push for train service all the way to Niagara Falls — and beyond, possibly to Fort Erie.

    Final bridge approval nears

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    After nearly 20 years of often acrimonious debate, final approval for a new bridge across the upper Niagara River is just around the corner.

    But there are a few more steps that need to be completed.

    Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, says he believes the agency will be in a position to submit a final environmental impact statement on the expansion project to U.S. regulatory authorities for approval by year’s end.

    Before that happens, the same document will be submitted to the project’s partners, the Town of Fort Erie and the City of Buffalo, for their consideration.

    “We’re hoping to have the (final environmental impact statement) in to the (municipalities) in September and a record of decision by the end of the year,” said Rienas.

    ‘Flexible’ U.S. guards ease border flow

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    From the Toronto Star:

    As cars and trucks breezed across the Peace Bridge to Buffalo this morning, it was shaping up to be a typical Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border despite new documentation requirements coming into effect today.

    Under the new requirements, Canadians will still be allowed across the U.S. border without a passport or enhanced driver’s licence during this summer travel season.

    They’ll just be scolded a little.

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