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The number of primary traffic inspection lanes at the Queenston end of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge over the Niagara River has been reduced because the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission is tearing down the old duty-free store there and removing large concrete barriers from the old Queenston Plaza.
The Canada Border Services Agency said the work began Tuesday and is expected to be finished by Nov. 12. The number of lanes open for inspection will range from six to 10 during the construction.
The demolition schedule is on the Bridge Commission website: www.niagarafallsbridges.com.
The agency said the work will improve access to the new inspection booths and provide more space for vehicles approaching the inspection area.
"Travelers are reminded to plan ahead, allow for extra time for travel and have identification and purchase receipts readily available," the agency said. "Be patient and drive safely."
It also said motorists should consider crossing at the least busy border crossing whenever possible and checking for traffic updates.
The Canada Border Services Agency offered these suggestions:
. Call the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission's toll-free number (800) 715-6722 or 511 for traffic updates.
. Visit any of these web sites: www.cbp.gov, www.cbsa.gc.ca, www.nittec.org, www.peacebridge.com or www.niagarafallsbridges.com.
. Note the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition dynamic highway message signs that post delays beyond 30 minutes.
. Register at www.mynittec.org to receive free personalized email or text notification of border and regional traffic information.
. Access Twitter at www.twitter.com/CanBorder.
. Use a cellphone to access travel information at www.wap.gc.ca or www.gc.ca.

email: rbaldwin@buffnews.com