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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.

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— Kosmider and Sayward each said the new bridge will, no doubt, stimulate commerce on both sides of the lake.

“This should return things back to normal for us,” Kosmider said.

Lorraine Franklin, Vermont co-chair of the Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition, said her group is sending out invitations to the ribbon-cutting ceremony and expects a large turn out.

"Invitations are going out as we speak," she said. "The '29ers group, who saw the first bridge open back in 1929, have been invited. The news media will be invited, too. This is a big deal."

Franklin said an even bigger opening celebration — complete with a parade and fireworks — is being coordinated by the coalition and will take place May 19 and 20, 2012.

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