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Peace Bridge to reopen construction lane on Thursday

Peace Bridge officials are beginning to restore three lanes of traffic to the international span with an eye toward fully reopening on Thursday.

Ron Rienas, Peace Bridge Authority general manager, said crews will begin removing the north lane Jersey barriers Monday night while newly poured concrete on the Fort Erie, Ont., side continues to cure.

“We hope to have all lanes fully open on Thursday,” he said, explaining that a series of complicated tests to determine the new concrete’s strength will be conducted beforehand. “If it all pans out you will see the reopening on Thursday, and it looks like the weather will cooperate too.”

Heavy rains had delayed final concrete curing in the first phase of the three-year deck replacement project on the Fort Erie side.

The $100 million project resulted in north lane closures since October. Three lanes will now be available once again until November, when work resumes outside of peak traffic months.

Rienas noted that construction work will continue throughout the summer, but traffic will not be affected.

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