DOT officials believe, however, an accelerated summer work schedule will allow to the bridge to open as planned this fall.
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.
The Lake Champlain Bridge - which served about 4,000 vehicles a day - was abruptly closed in October 2009 when engineers discovered dangerous deterioration of the structure. It was demolished on Dec. 28, 2009.
A ferry service now links Crown Point and Addison, Vt.