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Peace Bridge: 5 new designs crafted

 Tuesday, December 15, 2009  

A handful of designs for a new Peace Bridge have earned approval by the U.S. government, advancing a controversial project that has been stalled for years.

Officials said the New York State Department of Transportation and Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority have reached agreement with all necessary state, federal and Canadian environmental agencies in identifying five environmentally acceptable “signature” bridge options.

The concepts for a new international crossing linking Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont., were created by a bridge design team of two world-renowned designers and supplemented by two local avian experts. Bridge designers Figg Engineering partnered with well known bridge designer Christian Menn, and avian experts Terry Yonker and Michael Morgante to develop the plans. The design team worked with the Public Bridge Authority (PBA), NYSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – the Peace Bridge Project sponsors – to create five signature bridge design concepts that were acceptable to the environmental agencies. Additional agreement was reached with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environment Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada that the five concepts should be shown to the public.

The five bridge design concepts can be seen online here.

The five designs are:

• Two tower cable stay with towers 345’ tall with diamond shaped towers

• Two tower cable stay with towers 345’ tall with needle shaped towers

• Three tower cable stay with towers 300’ tall with diamond shaped towers

• Three tower cable stay with towers 300’ tall with need shaped towers

• Three span arch with arches of graduated heights the tallest 226’ high

The public will be able to discuss the potential bridge options in Buffalo and Fort Erie in January and February, 2010. The open houses will also show modifications of the U.S. plaza that the project sponsors have been working on since the public last commented on the plaza design in March of 2008.