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Champlain bridge on schedule

Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider remains confident the new bridge will open in the fall.

"There was a 65 day extension given to cover for the time lost when Flatiron had to clean out the channel and for other problems that were unexpected," she said. "It doesn't mean Flatiron is going to be late ; it means this extra time is being allowed in case they cannot make up the time lost. I have heard they will be putting more crews on as the weather gets better in order to complete the bridge on time.

"We have a bridge opening to celebrate and I believe it will be done on time," Kosmider said. "Rumors run rampant and you can't believe everything you hear. I hope we can keep the positive momentum."

The local business community remains hopeful the new bridge opens as soon as possible, according to Matt Courtright, executive director of the Ticodneroga Area Chamber of Comemrce.

"It is my understanding although a 65-day extension was granted Flatiron and NYSDOT still have Oct. 9, 2011, as their target date for completion of the new bridge," Courtright said. "We certainly need to stay informed and up to date on the progress as it continues to effect area businesses. I do feel, however, we need to stay positive and focus on the fact that we will be getting a new bridge in 2011."

Flatiron is under contract to build the new $70 million modified network tied-arch span within 500 days of groundbreaking. The contract includes a provision requiring Flatiron to absorb the costs of the adjacent, temporary ferry service - about $30,000 a day - for every day beyond the 500-day limit. The contract also provides a financial incentive - up to $1.5 million - for Flatiron to complete the work in less than 500 days.

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