Whirlpool Bridge Border Crossing
This international bridge has also been known by the name of Lower Steel Arch Bridge and is another of the arch bridges found at the border crossings of the United States and Canada. Maintains the connection from the center of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. It is very close to the Rainbow Bridge because it is less than a mile and 1.2 miles from the Falls.
Prior to this bridge was the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, which allowed only pedestrian and rail traffic, which had a lot of historical relevance since abolitionists used the underground railway to free slaves in Canada. With the advance of technology and the construction of new railroads, the bridge had to be replaced since it did not support the weight of the new specimens.
The design was commissioned by the same civil engineer who was hired for the maintenance of the Suspension Bridge, Leffert L. Buck.
This allowed a new bridge to be built around and under the Suspension Bridge, gradually replacing it so as not to interrupt train and pedestrian traffic. At the end of 1897 the last pieces of the suspension bridge were removed and leaving only the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge.
The last restoration was carried out in November 2009, where the walkway and some steel beams and rivets, sandblasting and painting work were done. Amtrak has been in charge of maintaining the Canadian National (CN) rail deck since the end of 2012.
If you're still not sure, you just have to know that the bridge has two decks. The upper deck allows the passage of rail transport and the lower one is a road. The road on the lower deck only allows the passage of passenger vehicles as commercials and pedestrians cannot pass, it is also reserved for NEXUS members. While the tracks on the upper deck are currently used only by Amtrak.
There is a traffic lane to the United States and a lane to Canada, which have two inspection lanes at each end and the passage is available between 7 am and 11 pm.