- Associated Press - Friday, June 6, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The federal government has signed off on New York’s plans to improve vehicle access to the international Peace Bridge.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that the Federal Highway Administration’s record of decision is the final step needed to move the $35 million project forward.

Debate raged for years around whether to construct a new Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Ontario, Canada, to ease congestion, but those plans eventually were abandoned.

Using federal and state funding, the new plans will reconfigure traffic flow and enhance nearby Front Park along the Niagara River.

The bridge handled 1.2 million truck trips last year, making it the third-busiest commercial crossing on the U.S.-Canada border. The three-lane span also saw more than 4.7 million passenger cars, more than any other port of entry.

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