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The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne  Communications.
The new, low-level bridge going up last summer underneath the old span to Cornwall. Photo: Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Communications.

New Cornwall bridge opens, but it still feels closed to Mohawks

Friday at 7am, Canada opens a new bridge across the St. Lawrence River to Cornwall. Officials said the $75 million project will speed up travel and contribute to economic growth.

The port-of-entry into Canada has been plagued by long wait times since it was moved off Cornwall Island four years ago.

But Akwesasne Mohawks say the new bridge won't make traffic move faster. And they say the new bridge won't do anything to ease travel between Mohawk communities divided by the international border. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: the guy who painted the Thousand Islands bridge

You never know who you're going to meet by the side of the road in the North Country. David Sommerstein stopped to chat with a guy sawing firewood recently. It turns out he painted one of the tallest bridges over the St. Lawrence River. Today's Heard Up North features Frank Forney of Philadelphia.  Go to full article
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathonreed/"> Jonathon Reed</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: Jonathon Reed CC some rights reserved

Mohawks plan march on international bridge

A group of Mohawks is planning to march on the bridge to Canada near Massena, NY, and shut down traffic Saturday. The demonstration is a part of an indigenous rights movement that's spread across Canada.  Go to full article
Parade across new Lake Champlain Bridge gets underway (Mark Kurtz)
Parade across new Lake Champlain Bridge gets underway (Mark Kurtz)

Lake Champlain bridge dedication, a party and a moment in history

The new Lake Champlain Bridge opened for business back in November. But over the weekend, thousands of people gathered to officially dedicate the span, which connects Crown Point and Addison, Vermont. Brian Mann was there and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adirondack Attic: A new look at an old bridge

In our on-going series, The Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn talks with Steve Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, about an early photo of the original Lake Champlain Bridge, which connects Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vermont. Back in 1929, the original bridge was state-of-the-art for the era.  Go to full article
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and NY Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy cut the ribbon on Monday (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and NY Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy cut the ribbon on Monday (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

Officials declare Lake Champlain bridge open, ending two year "nightmare"

A crisis that disrupted tourism, farming and family ties along the Champlain Valley came to an end yesterday, as officials from New York and Vermont cut the ribbon for the new Crown Point bridge.

The $70 million structure re-establishes the link from Crown Point to Addison, Vermont. The ceremony was attended by dignitaries, by hundreds of local residents, and by a group of "29ers."

They're the folks who were also on hand in 1929 when the first bridge was unveiled. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
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

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:  Go to full article
We really have to look harder than we have in the past at where we're gonna spend our money.

Bridge closure tells of "new normal" for region's infrastructure

A bridge in the town of Wilna, east of Watertown in Jefferson County, was closed recently after a regular state inspection showed it was no longer safe for motorists. The bridge didn't get much traffic - fewer than 100 cars a day, according to the state Department of Transportation - but residents of the area will now have to get used to a five-mile detour. And, transportation officials said, closures like this one will likely be more common as the federal government reins in its budget for repairs. Joanna Richards has the story.  Go to full article
3:30 pm. The arch rises a few feet per hour. Photos: DOT webcam.
3:30 pm. The arch rises a few feet per hour. Photos: DOT webcam.

Installation of missing link begins on Crown Point bridge

UPDATE: The arch was at the new site around 8 this morning. Lifting it into place is expected to take four to eight hours.
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This morning just before six am, workers on the waterfront in Port Henry fired up their tug boats and began moving the massive four hundred foot arch that will complete the Crown Point bridge.

Fifty or so people turned out early to watch, listening quietly as the tugs' big engines rumbled. Brian Mann was on the breakwater watching as the big arch left the construction yard and began its journey south to Crown Point. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article
I want to see them float it up, thatís going to be a feat in itself. They say it will float, but I guess we'll see.

Work underway on arch for new VT-NY bridge

Construction of the Lake Champlain Bridge that will connect West Addison, Vermont and Crown Point, New York has been moving forward this summer.

The bridge's signature steel arch has been assembled at an old marina on the New York shore, and looks like it's ready to be moved to the site of the new bridge. But as VPR's Melody Bodette reports, there's still more work to be done before that can happen.  Go to full article

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