FEBRUARY 28, 2014

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced that Mr. Sam Hoyt and Mr. Anthony Annunziata have been elected chairman and vice chairman of its board of directors. In addition, a $5 million construction contract with Rochester, NY-based The Pike Company was approved by the Authority for Phase II construction of the U.S. Bridge Approach Widening project.

FEBRUARY 28, 2014

BUFFALO, NY/FORT ERIE, ON – Today the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA) announced that Mr. Sam Hoyt and Mr. Anthony Annunziata have been elected chairman and vice chairman of its board of directors. In addition, a $5 million construction contract with Rochester, NY-based The Pike Company was approved by the Authority for Phase II construction of the U.S. Bridge Approach Widening project.

Mr. Hoyt is now serving his second term as chairman. He was appointed to the board in August 2011 as the representative of New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald. Mr. Hoyt is currently the Regional President for Regional Economic Development for Empire State Development Corporation (ESD). Prior to joining ESD, he served for almost 20 years as the Assembly representative for the 144th Assembly District located in Western New York. Mr. Hoyt resides in the City of Buffalo and is a graduate of Buffalo State College.

Mr. Annunziata has served four terms as vice chairman and has been on the board of directors for seven years. He was appointed to the board by the Government of Canada in January 2007. Mr. Annunziata is the Vice President of Marketing for the Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa, and the Marriott Gateway on the Falls, both of Niagara Falls, Ontario. He has an extensive background in advertising, strategic marketing, and international tourism.

Phase I of the U.S. Bridge Approach Widening project was completed in October 2013 and included the excavation and construction of foundations and pedestals for piers that will support the addition to the bridge deck. Phase I also included the re-work of the R.F. Willson building parking lot to accommodate the footprint of the widening approach.

Phase II will bring the $10 million widening project to completion, with the construction of piers, and the installation of structural steel and concrete deck. Also included in Phase II is the necessary removal of an existing bridge gantry, to be replaced with cantilevered gantries and additional signage. The widening project is expected to be completed later this year.

The Phase II construction contract was awarded following a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process. To learn more about the widening project, click here.

About the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, a bi-national bridge authority, has owned and operated the Peace Bridge since 1933. The bridge, which was opened to traffic in 1927, spans the Niagara River between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, and is a key international border crossing.

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