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Oct. 9: The day the bridge was supposed to open

Business as usual at construction site

Volunteer Archie Rosenquist stands outside the Lake Champlain Information Center, located in the old tollhouse of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, the day the bridge was originally slated to open. Due to flooding in the spring, construction was delayed, and the contractor — Flatiron Construction — was given a 65-day extension to finish the bridge. The new deadline: Dec. 13, 2011.

Volunteer Archie Rosenquist stands outside the Lake Champlain Information Center, located in the old tollhouse of the Lake Champlain Bridge, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, the day the bridge was originally slated to open. Due to flooding in the spring, construction was delayed, and the contractor — Flatiron Construction — was given a 65-day extension to finish the bridge. The new deadline: Dec. 13, 2011. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “The attendance hasn’t been much because of the construction,” Rosenquist said, adding that he’s seen more visitors from Vermont than New York.

The information center is operated by the Lake Placid-Essex County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Bridge opening

DOT officials will not yet give an opening date for the bridge but said it would happen before 2012.

The bridge celebration originally slated for Oct. 15-16, 2011, was postponed until May 19-20, 2012, due to the delay in construction. And to mark the second anniversary of the original bridge’s closure, the Lake Champlain Bridge Community held an event on Oct. 16 called “Almost a Bridge” Fundraiser & Gathering at the Crown Point State Historic Site.

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