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Lake Champlain Bridge arch begins journey

Structure leaves Port Henry for Crown Point

The Lake Champlain arch makes its way to Crown Point. There are three flags attached to the bridge, the Vermont and New York state flags on each end and the American flag in the middle. Many onlookers witnessed the move from Port Henry, which began around 6 a.m.

The Lake Champlain arch makes its way to Crown Point. There are three flags attached to the bridge, the Vermont and New York state flags on each end and the American flag in the middle. Many onlookers witnessed the move from Port Henry, which began around 6 a.m. Photo by Andy Flynn.

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Lake Champlain Arch Rising

Folks from all-over made the trip to Crown Point, NY to see the arch of the new Lake Champlain bridge raised into place. Some of the spectators took a moment to reflect on the history in the making.

Folks from all-over made the trip to Crown Point, NY to see the arch of the new Lake Champlain bridge raised into place. Some of the spectators took a moment to reflect on the history in the making.

— The Lake Champlain Bridge arch began its journey on the lake from Velez Marine in Port Henry, N.Y. to the bridge site between Crown Point, N.Y. and Addison, Vt. just before 6 a.m. today.

Two tugboats are towing the arch, which is sitting on two barges. The trip is expected to take between two and four hours. Once at the bridge, it will take between four and eight hours to lift the arch into place, and New York State Department of Transportation officials Thursday said they expect the process to last into the late afternoon and early evening.

The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is lifted into place and secured. Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.

The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times.

There are three vantage points from which to view the operation on the New York side of Lake Champlain:

-A public parking lot adjacent to Velez Marine in Port Henry where the arch was constructed. This is where the arch will leave shore and begin its journey to the bridge site. This will occur at dawn.

-Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center, near the foot of the bridge on NY Route 185.

-The State Department of Environmental Conservation campground, also on Route 185, where a covered pier provides excellent views of the bridge.

Free parking is available at the historic site. Parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep NY Route 185, VT routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times.

The lift can also be viewed at NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam. The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site.

Flatiron Construction of Colorado is building the bridge and began constructing the arch in the spring.

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