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Rainbow Bridge
Rainbow Bridge as seen from Canada - August, 2007
Carries 4 lanes of vehicular traffic (2 each way), pedestrian traffic
Crosses Niagara River
Locale Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York
Maintained by Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
Design Arch bridge
Longest span 950 feet (290 m)
Opened November 1, 1941
Toll 3.25 USD/3.75CAD per auto (westbound only)

The Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is an international steel arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge, and is a world-famous tourist site. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west).

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Construction

The Rainbow Bridge was built near the site of the earlier Honeymoon Bridge, which had collapsed on January 27, 1938, due to an ice jam in the river. A joint Canadian and American commission had already been considering a new bridge to replace it, the collapse of which gave added urgency.

The engraved text giving the biblical origin of the Rainbow term, beneath a carved rendition of the Royal Arms of Canada.

A design by architect Richard (Su Min) Lee was chosen (and later used again for the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge, approximately 10 km (6 mi) downriver). King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, during their visit to Niagara Falls as part of the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada, dedicated the site of the Rainbow Bridge; a monument was erected to commemorate the occasion. Construction began in May 1940. The bridge was officially opened on November 1, 1941.

The New York State Department of Transportation designates the bridge New York State Reference Route 955A (though it is unsigned), while the Ontario Ministry of Transportation designates the bridge as part of Highway 420, even though it is separated from the rest of the route by a regional road. On the American side, a number of state and national routes end at a set of intersections in front of the bridge. New York routes 104 and 384, as well as the northern section of the Robert Moses State Parkway, all terminate at the final intersection before the bridge, and none of the designations passes onto the bridge itself. U.S. Route 62 terminates two blocks north at route 104, which then continues to the bridge.

Bridge and Falls as night

The complex on the Canadian side of the Rainbow Bridge features the Rainbow Tower, which houses a large carillon that sounds several times daily.

The bridge permits no commercial trucks; the nearest border crossing for these is the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.[1]

The pedestrian toll is 50 cents USD or Canadian to go to the American Side of Niagara.

The car toll is $3.25 USD or $3.75 Canadian to go to the Ontario Side of Niagara.

Cityscape

Panoramic view of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls which connects U.S and Canada.

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Coordinates: 43°5′24.84″N 79°4′3.88″W / 43.0902333°N 79.0677444°W / 43.0902333; -79.0677444

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