Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
Aerial view of Peace Bridge in New York and surrounding area. The Buffalo Central Business District can be seen at the top of the photo. Inability to expand the US Plaza commercial parking due to lack of space resulted in the Commercial Vehicle Processing Center (CVPC) being conceived on the Canadian side where land was available. Image from Mid 2000.
U.S. Route 93 at the Arizona-Nevada border as it crosses over the top of the Hoover Dam is a bottleneck and a major safety hazard in the CANAMEX Corridor. A bypass project is underway as of late 2002. (See "The Hoover Dam Bypass" in the July/August 1999 issue of Public Roads.)
Cars and trucks line up to cross the border from Canada into the United States near Blaine, Washington. The current delays at this crossing cost truckers more than $40 million per year and generate tons of additional air pollution. Image from 1999.
Peace Bridge Buffalo, New York. The CVPC (see top left) is on the Canadian side of this bridge. As of late 2002, officials in New York, Ontario , Buffalo, Niagara and other cities were continuing to develop a replacement structure for this bridge. However, until this is implemented, improved efficiency of the existing bridge is vital. Image from 1999.
I-35 prior to World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas opening, looking south. Backups frequently extended up to six miles. The tollbooths at bridge II can be seen in the distance (red tile roof). Image from March 1999.
Entrance to World Trade Bridge Facility in Laredo, Texas. From Bob Bullock Loop 20 and I-35 looking west. When this bridge was opened, the backups shown in the middle bottom image disappeared and in the next year, a substantial number of new private sector jobs were created. Image from March 2001.