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Officials: Floods won't delay new bridge opening

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.

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