ADDISON - Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary David Dill and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today announced that the second ferry slips at the Lake Champlain Ferry between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison, Vt, have been completed and are open for service.
The states have lifted the temporary weight and axle vehicle restrictions imposed when the new temporary ferry opened earlier this month.
Two boats have been operating as part of the free ferry service since early February. Opening a second slip for vehicles to board and disembark the boat increases ferry efficiency, and provides a backup for mooring a ferry boat in the event that one needs service.
For the ferry's first few weeks of operation, a two-axle, 15-ton weight limit was in place for all vehicles. This temporary restriction has been lifted to allow standard-weight vehicles up to 40 tons and with multiple axles, within the states' respective legal limits. The states are in the process of changing signage to reflect this change that the ferry is now un-posted for weight.
The temporary ferry, operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCTC), will run continuously 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year until the new bridge is opened, in accordance with LCTC operational policies. The ferry departs Vermont on the hour and half-hour, and New York on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour.
The Crown Point ferry crossing can take 15 or more minutes, which includes boarding and disembarking the boat. This lake crossing, located a few hundred feet south of the former Lake Champlain Bridge, cuts commuting time between Vermont and New York drastically, and has reestablish commerce and emergency services along the corridor.
Continuous operation of the ferry boats throughout the day prevents ice from forming in the vicinity of the ferry route and former Lake Champlain Bridge.