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Yes, it's a big mess, but here's how you can navigate around Lake Champlain

The two states continue to move forward with structural assessments of the Lake Champlain Bridge.

Diving inspections performed over the weekend revealed that two piers supporting the bridge are in serious need of repair. Additional piers will undergo further underwater inspections this week, after deep mud and zebra mussels are removed from the structures.

A plan is being developed to encase the deteriorating piers in reinforced concrete, though the repair work could take several months to complete.

New York is exploring the option of installing a temporary bridge south of Ticonderoga to carry traffic in the interim. Locations adjacent to the current bridge are not feasible because of the fragility of the existing structure.

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Work continues on a repair plan to reopen the 2,184-foot-long bridge between Crown Point, New York, and Chimney Point, Vermont. Public meetings regarding the bridge closure have been set up for Tuesday, October 27, at the Addison Central School located at 121 Vermont Route 17W, Addison; and on Wednesday, October 28 at the Moriah Central School located at 29 Viking Lane, Port Henry. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Additional information will be provided at the meetings.

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