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Vt. Governor Peter Shumlin and NY Lt. Governor Robert Duffy make the first crossing of the new bridge (Photo:  Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
Vt. Governor Peter Shumlin and NY Lt. Governor Robert Duffy make the first crossing of the new bridge (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

New Champlain Bridge opens

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Officials from New York and Vermont took part Monday in the opening of the new Lake Champlain Bridge, nearly two years after the old span was demolished.

The opening ceremony for the 70 million dollar bridge took place on the bridge linking Crown Point and Addison, Vt--Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is there, as is New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy.

The original span was closed in October 2009 after inspectors deemed it unsafe. The 80-year-old bridge was destroyed by a controlled explosion in late December 2009. Construction on the new bridge began the following spring.

New York state transportation officials originally set the opening of the new bridge for October, but flooding in the spring caused a delay.

Brian Mann talked with Nora Flaherty from the bridge about the opening, on his cell phone:

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