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Meetings set to discuss future of CP Bridge

TICONDEROGA - State officials will hold a series of meetings today in LaChute Hall on Montcalm Street 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.

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 will be to provide an opportunity to receive further input from interested parties.

The goal, according to state Department of Transportation officials, is 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. During the presentations, project team members will review the design criteria for the new bridge and the feasible bridge types available for consideration. Attendees will be asked for input regarding features that should be included in the design, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, lighting and materials used, as well as the style of the new bridge. Options for commemorating the historic bridge will also be presented and discussed.

The meeting will also address demolition plans for the existing bridge including when and how it is likely to occur. Staff from both NYSDOT and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) will be available following the formal portion of each meeting to discuss this information.

In addition to being open to the general public, "consulting parties" as defined under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act who are interested in participating in the Lake Champlain Bridge replacement project are invited to attend the public meeting and to submit a written request to become a consulting party to both NYSDOT and VTrans at R01-LakeChamplainBridge@dot.state.ny.us. Interested parties should include information about their experience and a statement explaining why they believe their participation would contribute to a consideration of the project's effects on historic properties.

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