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NIAGARA FALLS – An emergency preparedness exercise will close the Rainbow Bridge, in both directions, for a few hours this morning, but authorities aren’t saying exactly when.

“We’re not giving an exact time,” Niagara Regional Police Constable Derek Watson said. “There’s still an element of surprise for the people involved.”

About a dozen police and emergency agencies will be involved in the exercise, with the bridge expected to be closed for several hours. When pressed, authorities said, “We will attempt to accommodate early morning commuters, but we recommend that they leave early or take an alternate route.”

During the closure, border traffic will be rerouted to the Peace Bridge, Lewiston-Queenston and Whirlpool bridges. The Whirlpool Bridge is open only to those with NEXUS cards.