Traffic & the Lungs

Scientific Fact: The proven link between Traffic Volumes at the Peace Bridge & Hospitalization for Asthma

An aerial view of the Peace Bridge Complex and the directly adjacent neighborhood.

Traffic Volumes and Respiratory Health Care Utilization Among Residents in Close Proximity to the Peace Bridge Before and After September 11, 2001

  • Journal of Asthma, Vol. 40, No. 8, pp. 855-864, 2003

As a safety precaution, commercial truck traffic on the Peace Bridge was completely absent during the days and weeks immediately following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. A significant decrease in hospitalization of West Side residents for asthma followed this decrease in traffic volume. As trucks were allowed to return to the bridge the hospitalization rates increased. See the graphs below that were taken directly from the study.

Notice the dip in total traffic volume during the study period in 2001 compared to the exact same time period in 2000.

This graph displays the dramatic difference in total respiratory cases for corresponding weeks in 2001 and 2000, and the difference in traffic in the corresponding period.

Traffic Volume at the Peace Bridge

Total Traffic Volume is 2011
  • Commercial trucks: 3,400 per day; 1.25M annual
  • Passenger vehicles: 13,000 per day; 4.8M annual

If the Peace Bridge Complex is allowed to expand, more traffic is expected to follow. A higher traffic volume at the complex will mean a higher hospitalization rate of respiratory illnesses for residents of the City of Buffalo. Contact Your Local Elected Officials and TELL them to STOP commercial truck processing at the Peace Bridge Complex!