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Peace Bridge expects to reopen third lane around May 15

The third lane of the  Peace Bridge should be reopened around May 15 as the first phase of a three-year, $100 million rehabilitation project winds down.

All three lanes will be available throughout the peak travel season until construction resumes in October,  Chief Operating Officer Thomas A. Boyle said.

Authority contractors have been working since October 2016 on the north lane facing the Niagara River in a major project to replace the span’s original 1927 deck.

Plans called for work to proceed during the winter months and off-peak traffic volumes.

“It works, and it’s working well without a lot of inconvenience,” said former Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello, a New York member of the binational authority that runs the bridge.

The project, which will concentrate on the south lane facing Lake Erie beginning in October, is “on time and on budget,” with no serious injuries reported by work crews, Boyle added.

[Gallery: Braving the elements to redeck the Peace Bridge]

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