The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) upriver of Niagara Falls. It connects the City of Buffalo, New York, in the United States to the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. It is operated and maintained by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority.
The Peace Bridge consists of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker through-truss span over the Black Rock Canal on the American side of the river. The total length is 5,800 feet (1,768 m). Material used in the construction included 3,500 feet (1,067 m) of steelwork, 9,000 tons of structural steel and 800 tons of reinforcing steel in the concrete abutments. The Peace Bridge was named to commemorate 100 years of peace between the United States and Canada.
Customs Inspection and Toll Plazas:
There are two customs plazas on either end of the bridge with the Canadian plaza the newer and larger of the two.The inbound customs plaza in the United States has 7 lanes for trucks and 9 for cars. Pedestrians and cyclist are processed to the left of the truck inspection area.
The inbound customs plaza in Canada was designed by NORR Limited Architects and Engineers and completed in 2010.There are 14 booths/lanes for cars and a separate area for trucks (handling 5 trucks at a time). Pedestrians and cyclist are processed in an area on the right side of the inspection area for cars.
On the New York side, Interstate 190 has a direct northbound off-ramp (exit 9) onto the Peace Bridge. This exit is signed as Ft. Erie Can on I-190, but the bridge is actually Baird Drive. Baird Drive is not signed on the exit, but the road does head south of the bridge to its southern terminus of Porter Avenue and Front Park.
On the Ontario side, the Queen Elizabeth Way begins after (and ends at) Canadian Customs plaza.
Before 1972, this border point was one of two southern terminus for the Queen Elizabeth Way. The alternate end was at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls section of the QEW. With the designation Highway 420, the Fort Erie end was the only end for the freeway.