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Bridge proposals presented to public

Photos and a matrix analysis may be reviewed at https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/alternatives.

Options for commemorating the existing historic bridge were also presented and discussed.

The meetings also addressed demolition plans for the existing bridge, including when and how it is likely to occur.

Artist renderings showing each of the alternatives are also available on NYSDOT's website at www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge.

NYSDOT officials also announced that high water has forced the termination of one of the three ferries serving Champlain Valley residents since the closure of the Champlain Bridge.

The Westport-Basin Harbor, Vt., pedestrian ferry has shut down for the season.

The state Department of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Transportation have been subsidizing ferry travel, and the Essex-Charlotte, Vt., and Ticonderoga-Shoreham, Vt., ferries will continue to run.

The independent Ticonderoga Ferry normally closes at the end of October, but its owners agreed to stay open as long as possible while a temporary 24-hour ferry is set up next to the Champlain Bridge.

That free ferry will open by the end of the year, according to the office of Gov. David Paterson.

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