The Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge, commonly known as the Rainbow Bridge, is an 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, the Rainbow Bridge was built near the site of the earlier Honeymoon Bridge, which collapsed on January 27,1938, due to an ice jam in the river. A joint Canadian and American commission had been considering a new bridge to replace it, a design by architect Richard Lee was chosen. The bridge officially opened on November 1,1941, the origin of the bridges name is unknown, with one possible source being T. B. McQuesten, then chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission. An engraving on the Canadian side of the bridge includes a quote from the Book of Genesis which references a bow in the clouds. Regardless of its origin, the NRBC used the name as early as March 1939, on the American side, a number of state and national routes end at a set of intersections in front of the bridge. U. S. Route 62 terminates two blocks north at route 104, which continues to the bridge. The complex on the Canadian side of the Rainbow Bridge features the Rainbow Tower, the bridge permits no commercial trucks, the nearest border crossing for these is the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. The toll to cross the bridge for pedestrian and bicycle is 50¢ USD or CAD. Car tolls are collected when leaving the United States, pedestrian toll is collected by an automatic turnstile when leaving Canada
Rainbow Bridge as seen from Canada, 2013
Engraved text on the bridge includes a biblical reference to rainbows (click on image to read).