Five-Year State Transportation Plans

New Peace BridgeThe new Peace Bridge is coming!

So it says in the state’s new 5-year transportation plan, along with the extension of the Route 219 expressway.

I’m not holding my breath.  I doubt that the Peace Bridge expansion will ever occur in my lifetime, because someone else about my age is saying “Not in MY lifetime”, and will hamstring the development process through continued obfuscation, litigation and (lack of) legislation.  The Peace Bridge development process, ongoing now for something like 15 or 20 years, is also crippled by ongoing disputes among landowners, issues regarding Homeland Security and a weak political will that, perhaps by necessity, places emphasis on local concerns deemed more important than a better international crossing.  The calls for action on Peace Bridge construction by our political leaders remind us that only the names have changed over the years.

In the meantime, urging our congressmen/women to add U.S. Customs inspection stations might help to alleviate some of the hours-long congestion at each of our existing international bridges.  It’s discouraging to have to spend almost as much time waiting to cross the border as it takes me to drive home from Toronto.

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