Crown Point, NY, Oct 28, 2009 — Engineers say the Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vt., will be closed until at least spring. New York Transportation Department Engineer Robert Dennison says the structural problem with the bridge is "unexpectedly extreme." According to Dennison, it's just too risky to continue using the bridge that was closed Oct. 16. The Burlington Free Press reports Dennison was at a public meeting on the bridge closure in Addison last night.
The closure is disrupting lives and commerce on both sides of the lake. A survey conducted by New York state found that between 3,000 and 4,000 cars used the span each day. The states are now providing free ferry and bus service for locals who live and work on opposite sides of the lake. Another public information meeting is planned for this evening at 7 pm at the Moriah Central School in Port Henry, NY.