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    Biometric screening would be a ‘disaster’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    President Donald Trump’s push to have all visitors entering and exiting the United States subjected to biometric screening – such as finger-printing, retina scans or facial recognition tests – would be a “disaster,” says the general manager of the Peace Bridge Authority. Read More…

    Peace Bridge to undergo $80.5M rehabilitation

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An $80.5-million rehabilitation of the Peace Bridge is scheduled to begin this month.

    It will involve complete replacement of the slab widening of the structure, including the addition of a pedestrian walkway/bikeway and observation platform. Construction will also see structural steel replacement, rehabilitation and strengthening; installation of electrical and fibre infrastructure; and the installation of new architectural traffic-control gantries, railings, and light posts.

    Ron Rienas, general manager of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, said there will be no lane closures during the peak summer travel season.

    “The earliest a lane closure will occur is in mid October,” he said.

    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.

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