New bridge will be built on site of condemned 1920s Lake Champlain Bridge

ADDISON - On Dec. 11, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont

Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced that, as part of an expedited process to demolish the existing Lake Champlain Bridge and build a replacement at the same location, NYSDOT contractor Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc. (H&B) has secured an expert subcontractor to demolish the existing bridge.

As first broken by The Eagle newspaper of Middlebury, Advanced Explosives Demolition, Inc. of Idaho will, working for H&B, plan for and execute the controlled explosive demolition of the steel truss bridge. The demolition work may start as early as next week, however, specifics were not revealed at press time.

Details on the bridge demolition will be well advertised and safe public viewing locations will be determined. The demolition contractor will establish safety protocols for contractor employees and for the public to which they must adhere. The public will be prohibited from the area immediately surrounding the bridge, including the land, water and air.

Access to certain roads also will be restricted for a distance to be specified by the states and contractor to ensure public safety.

REMINDER: Three identical public meetings will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, regarding replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building, 132 Montcalm St. in Ticonderoga, N.Y. The identical presentations will detail

the replacement bridge alternatives, followed by a question and answer session. Staff from both states will be available throughout the day to receive feedback, discuss the options and answer general questions.

For those who can not attend the meeting, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday

morning, renderings showing each of the alternatives will be made available on NYSDOT's Web site at www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge. A survey also will be available until midnight on Monday, Dec. 14, so the public can make their preferred bridge concept known. Results will be considered

before a final decision is made.

NYSDOT has been informed that Basin Harbor Ferry has suspended its operations on Lake Champlain between Westport Dock, N.Y. to Basin Harbor for the winter. Other ferry services are available from Essex, N.Y. to Charlotte and from Ticonderoga, N.Y. to Shoreham.

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