The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VAOT) have jointly made the decision to close the Lake Champlain Bridge, also known as the Crown Point Bridge, spanning the lake between Crown Point, New York, and Chimney Point, Vermont. The bridge, built in 1929, has been the site of repair work since mid-summer and the focus of the design of a project to address the long-term condition of the bridge.
The two states made the decision after further examination found problems with the bridge's foundation. The closure is expected to be temporary.
Both states recognize the importance of the bridge to commuters, truck companies, the farming community, emergency service providers and the public in general. However, the bridge's condition continues to be an issue and the recent findings present an unacceptable level of risk to the public. Analysis will continue and repair work alternatives will be evaluated.
At an October 8 public meeting held in Addison, Vt., regarding ongoing bridge work and updates on the design project, NYSDOT officials stated that the hope was to reopen the bridge to two-way traffic this fall but explained that further analysis would be upcoming. The agencies are planning to hold a public information meeting soon to discuss future plans.
A signed detour will divert motorists on U. S. Route 4 through Whitehall, New York, and on Vermont Routes 22A and 17, a distance of about 100 miles.