NYSDOT and VTrans are pursuing many alternative locations for a temporary bridge as well as for establishing temporary vehicular ferry service. Based on input received at this week's public meetings, New York locations being explored all will be in the Port Henry/Crown Point vicinity and the immediate surrounding area, while in Vermont locations all will be in the Addison or immediate surrounding area. Currently, free ferry service is available via the Essex/Charlotte and Ticonderoga ferries, both of which have also extended their hours of operation.
A free pedestrian-only ferry service with early morning and late afternoon hours is also available from Westport to Basin Harbor with free shuttle service to several Vermont employers and downtown Middlebury.
NYSDOT and VTrans personnel will be performing survey work in these areas to help determine viable locations for a temporary bridge and ferry service, and may request permission to survey private property. This work is necessary to analyze the feasibility of each possible site, and in no way means a final location has been chosen.
NYDOT and VTrans are also exploring extending vehicular ferry service longer into the evening and further into the winter season. NYDOT has added more traffic control personnel at the Essex/Charlotte Ferry and the Ticonderoga Ferry. Additionally, shuttle service is provided from Crown Point to the Essex/Charlotte Ferry as well as from Essex/Charlotte to Burlington.
Analysis of the bridge piers will continue as NYSDOT explores the options available, including rehabilitation or replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge.