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Agencies to hold public meetings regarding new lake bridge

New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary David Dill today announced that, in order to expedite progress on demolishing the current Lake Champlain Bridge and designing its replacement, the states will hold a series of meetings to present plans and options to the public throughout the day on Saturday, Dec. 12, at LaChute Hall, 132 Montcalm St., in Ticonderoga, New York.

"The purpose of these meetings is to receive feedback from the public regarding design plans for the replacement bridge at Crown Point as well as ideas for commemorating the historic bridge that will soon be demolished," said Acting Commissioner Gee. "We want to assure that the new bridge is built as quickly as possible, and that it is aesthetically compatible within the context of the community and the environment. This is an inclusive process, and we will seriously consider the input received from those who live in the area and depend on the connection between Vermont and New York State. We will continue to work in close collaboration with the community, residents, local government and other agencies, as we have been doing, to implement transportation options as a new bridge is put in place."

"We encourage as many people as possible to join us at these public forums," VTrans Secretary Dill added. "We are keenly aware of how important this new bridge will be to everyone who lives anywhere near the lake crossing. We value everyone's opinion, and we look forward to the public's guidance in helping us choose a bridge design that we can all be proud of."

Three identical public meetings, each including a brief formal presentation followed by time for general questions and answers and time for the public to view displays will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. The purpose of these "open house" sessions is to provide an opportunity to receive further input from interested parties.

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