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Lake Champlain bridge will reopen Monday after two years (Photo:  NYS DOT)
Lake Champlain bridge will reopen Monday after two years (Photo: NYS DOT)

Lake Champlain-Crown Point bridge to reopen Monday

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Officials in New York and Vermont say the new bridge over Lake Champlain will open next week, after more than two years. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin's office says a ribbon-cutting for the new bridge between Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., will be held on Monday.

The $70 million span replaces one demolished in December 2009 amid safety concerns. The new bridge was expected to open on Oct. 9 but work was delayed by spring flooding and by complications that developed while pouring concrete pillars for the new structure.

The Burlington Free Press reports that the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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According to a report published Thursday night on the Valley News website, Governor Andrew Cuomo's office confirmed that the official opening would occur on Monday.

The newspaper reported that New York State Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy plans to attend the ribbon-cutting, along with Vermont's Governor Shumlin.

A wide array of local officials from the North Country are also expected to be on hand.

Governor Cuomo's office released the following prepared statement:

"The opening of a new bridge over Lake Champlain is great news for residents and businesses in the North Country who depend upon this bridge and have been inconvenienced by its closure. When the bridge was closed and demolished in 2009, it was estimated to take eight years to rebuild. I am pleased to announce that thanks to the hard work and dedication of our federal, state, and local partners, the bridge is opening far earlier than planned."

Before its demolition, the old Crown Point bridge saw roughly 4,000 cars traveling back and forth between the two states every day.

The closure of the bridge sparked a major economic crisis in the Champlain Valley, though the span was eventually replaced temporarily by a ferry service.

The timing of the bridge opening could give a boost to the campaign of Crown Point's Democratic town supervisor Bethany Kosmider.

Kosmider is locked in a tough re-election fight with Republican Charles Harrington. 

She was endorsed last week by Governor Cuomo, a fellow Democrat, and the vote will come one day after the bridge is reopened.

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