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Bridge will open to motorists following today’s ribbon-cutting

The Lake Champlain bridge will open to the public after a 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

The Lake Champlain bridge will open to the public after a 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony today. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “It seems like it’s been a long time, but it could have been a lot longer without the input from everyone involved,” she said.

Crown Point Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said she was “thrilled” to hear the bridge would finally be opening.

Like Sayward, she said ferry service has helped commuters cross the lake, but said the bridge will shave a lot of time off the drive.

“I’m especially thrilled for commuters,” Kosmider said. “It seems like it’s been a long time. All our efforts are finally coming to fruition.”

Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said he was happy to hear the bridge is opening, especially since rumors were circulating that it might not open until 2012.

"I'm pleased to see it open," Scozzafava said. "It will remove a true hardship for the hundreds of people who use that bridge every day."

Scozzafava said former governors Jim Douglas of Vermont and David Paterson of New York, deserve credit in helping bring the project to fruition. He also said he hopes the two neighboring states reconsider the plan to remove the ferry landings that were built to accommodate ferry traffic while the bridge was being built.

He said the landings could be used for recreational purposes like fishing and boating and said it makes no sense to spend taxpayer money to build the landings and then demolish them.

"With the fiscal situation of both New York and Vermont, I think it makes more sense not to spend the money on their removal," he said.

Sue Hoxie, marketing and communication director at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, said Friday morning the chamber had yet to receive a direct invitation to the ribbon-cutting, but said they plan to be there nonetheless.

“Plans are still coming together,” Hoxie said. “But we plan to be there on Monday. We’re very excited the bridge is finally opening. It was a long time coming. It's a big relief to residents and businesses on both sides of Lake Champlain. The bridge will return a vital corridor of commerce to all of us.”

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