Seaway bridge truck traffic up 3% in 2016

In this December 22, 2014, file photo, a minivan heads toward the toll booth at the foot of the north channel bridge in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – More truck drivers were making the Three Nations Bridge their go-to crossing point between Canada and the United States in 2016.

Figures from the Seaway International Bridge Corporation, obtained by Cornwall Newswatch, show truck traffic was up 3.1 per cent in 2016 compared to the year before.

There were 67,820 commercial transits compared to 65,764 in 2015.

The results are encouraging, considering Brookdale Avenue was in a state of perpetual construction in 2016, resulting in detours that might have been far less convenient for truckers.

Meanwhile, passenger vehicle traffic across the two spans between Cornwall, Ont. and Hogansburg, N.Y. was up marginally.

There were 2,212,843 trips across the bridges in 2016 compared to 2,201,798 in 2015 (up 0.5 per cent).

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