Emergency repairs to neglected bridge

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced July 2 that, as a result of a bridge inspection completed a few weeks ago, repairs are being made to the Lake Champlain Bridge, also known as the Crown Point Bridge, spanning two states and Lake Champlain between Crown Point,and Chimney Point.

Work is incorporating the use of a temporary signal system to control one-way, alternating traffic operations which began July 3. Motorists are encountering significant travel delays.

During the inspection, completed in June, several areas of steel deterioration to the bridge's truss system were discovered.

The weight posting on the bridge has been reduced to 40 tons, the legal maximum load on a New York State bridge without a special permit. Legally-loaded tractor trailers will be permitted to use the bridge; however, overweight vehicles will be prohibited.

Built in the 1920s, the bridge consists of 14 spans totaling 2,184 feet. It is made up of a combination of a thru-truss, deck-truss and deck plate girders. It accommodates approximately 3,400 vehicles per average day.

A project to either rehabilitate or replace the long-neglected bridge is being progressed by both NYSDOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation under an agreement between the states.

The current project schedule calls for construction to begin in 2013. See The Eagle, page 1, July 4 issue, for details.

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