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Originally published Sept. 30, 2005
The agencies responsible for approving an international bridge will not issue permits for the Ambassador Niagara Signature Bridge proposal between Fort Erie and Buffalo.

Transport Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency formally advised the proponent this summer.

“On several fronts they have been advised that the six-mile franchise is in place and permits would not be allowed,” said Vera Holiad, a spokesperson for Transport Canada.

In order for permits to be issued, the bridge project would require an environmental assessment through the CEAA.

Transport Canada formally advised the Ambassador group during a site visit this May that the franchise still stands and no permit would be granted.

Subsequently, CEAA informed them that it will not proceed with an environmental assessment, Holiad said.

Ambassador spokesmen have said, varyingly, that the franchise does not exist or that it is invalid.

Holiad said she is not aware if any formal appeal of the government’s position has been launched.

The franchise gives the Peace Bridge the exclusive right to operate a bridge across the Niagara within six miles of its current position.

Meanwhile, the 32-person jury to choose a design for a bridge as part of the Peace Bridge expansion has met and is expected to make a decision Dec. 1.

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