Organizers set date for bridge celebration

Volunteers have set a celebration date for the planned reopening of the Lake Champlain bridge.

The Lake Champlain Bridge Community, a grassroots group responsible for planning the celebration, has scheduled the event for Oct. 15 and Oct. 16.

Transportation officials from Vermont and New York have set a tentative reopening date for Oct. 9. Recent flooding across the region has delayed construction at one of the work sites.

The old bridge, which connected Crown Point and Addison, Vermont, was demolished two years ago after inspectors deemed it unsafe.

Organizers say that if the reopening is delayed, celebrations will be postponed until spring next year. Transportation officials say the bridge is still on-track for an Oct. 9 opening.

The group is currently seeking individuals present during the 1929 opening of the original bridge to serve as grand marshals for the October celebration and ride over the bridge in classic cars.

The planned celebration also features bike tours of nearby historic sites, a 5-kilometer footrace, a dance and concert, and an ecumenical service. The weekend will be capped-off with a fireworks display over Lake Champlain.

Funding for the event is being supported by corporate and private donations - no public monies are being used.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information at www.champlainbridgecommunity.org.

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