Demolition Work at Queenston Plaza

Lane closures scheduled during redevelopment

LEWISTON, NY August 31, 2012 – The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, operator of three of the four Niagara River bridges between Western New York and Southern Ontario, will begin demolition work as part of the Queenston Plaza redevelopment.

The demolition that is being done is to remove the old Duty Free Store and the large concrete barriers that once protected the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) primary inspection booths in the old Queenston Plaza. When the work is completed it will result in improved access to the new primary inspection booths and free up space as vehicles approach the inspection area.

This removal of the old Primary Inspection Lane (PIL), concrete abutments and the old Duty Free Store will cause lane closures from Sept. 4 through Nov. 20, according to the following schedule: 

  • Stage One: Eight of 10 primary inspection lanes will be available for processing traffic during PIL demolition scheduled for Sept. 4 through 14;  
  • Stage Two: All 10 primary inspection lanes will be available during the Duty Free demolition, scheduled for Sept. 24 through Oct. 8;
  • Stage Three: PIL and Duty Free demolition will continue on Oct. 9 through 17, with six(6) of 10 primary inspection lanes available at that time;
  • Stage Four: Nine of 10 primary inspection lanes will be available from Oct. 18 through Nov. 20 as PIL and Duty Free work comes to an end.

View the Queenston Plaza Redevelopment plan and lane closures here.        

 “We are making every effort to minimize delays during the upcoming demolition work at the Queenston Plaza,” said NFBC General Manager Lew Holloway. “We recommend that motorists take advantage of the resources available to obtain up-to-date information about bridge traffic flow before travelling.”

For traffic updates, motorists should consider:

  • Calling the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission’s toll free number at 1-800-715-6722 or call 511 for the latest traffic updates.
  • Tuning to radio to 1610 AM. 
  • Visiting any of the following websites:,,,,
  • Noting the NITTEC highway dynamic message signs with posted delays beyond 30 minutes.
  • Registering at  to receive a free personalized email or text notification of border and regional traffic information.
  • Accessing Twitter at
  • Using your cell phone to access travel information at or


About the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

A Joint Resolution of the 1938 U.S. Congressional Third Session created the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. The Extra Provincial Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario, Canada licenses the NFBC. Canada and the U.S. are equally represented on the NFBC by an eight-member Board of Commissioners.  Initially established to finance, construct and operate the Rainbow Bridge, the Commission proved sufficiently efficient and effective to assume responsibilities for the Whirlpool Rapids (Lower) and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges.  The NFBC builds and maintains all facilities for Customs and Immigration functions on both sides of the international border. The NFBC is self-supportive, largely through user fees (tolls) and private-sector tenant leases. NFBC is federally chartered to conduct international commercial financial transactions and issue federal (U.S.) tax-exempt bonds.





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