Bridge design public meeting in Vergennes Jan. 4

During Monday's presentation, project team members will present 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. Those who attend will also be provided with an update on how the selection process has progressed since the meetings held in Ticonderoga earlier in December.

On Dec. 15 the Public Advisory Committee, organized as part of the public involvement plan for the Lake Champlain Bridge Project, selected the tied-arch bridge concept as its choice to replace the former bridge. The arch is also the overwhelming favorite of those New York and Vermont residents who have already cast their vote or attended a previous public meeting. Construction on the new bridge is planned to begin in the spring of 2010.

Public preference will be one of many factors considered as VTrans and NYSDOT choose a replacement bridge design, and public input will play a significant role in the final determination. A rendering of and more details about the tied-arch bridge, as well as other bridge alternatives, can be found at https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/alternatives.

Those wishing to voice a preference can do so by sending their comments in writing to Jim Boni, NYSDOT, 328 State St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12305. Comments will be accepted until Jan. 11.

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