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Plans to demolish the Crown Point bridge over Lake Champlain are proceeding

State officials in New York and Vermont have issued a contract to two companies to demolish the bridge across Lake Champlain between Crown Point, NY and Addison, VT. According to New York's Department of Transportation, explosives will be used to knock down the 2,000-foot long structure. No date has been set for the demolition. Brian Mann gave Martha Foley and update on the plans, and two meetings set for tomorrow in Ticonderoga.  Go to full article
The Batchellerville Bridge was supposed to be replaced beginning last spring (SOURCE: NYSDOT)
The Batchellerville Bridge was supposed to be replaced beginning last spring (SOURCE: NYSDOT)

With Crown Point bridge closed, fears turn to bridge over Great Sacandaga Reservoir

State officials are still scrambling to help residents in the Champlain Valley stranded by closure of the Crown Point Bridge. Construction is expected to begin soon on a new ferry crossing from Crown Point New York, to Addison, Vermont. Now locals in another Adirondack town fear that they too could find themselves stranded. The Batchellerville Bridge crosses the Great Sacandaga Reservoir - and connects the two halves of the town of Edinburg. This summer the aging half-mile span was reduced to one-lane traffic because of structural problems. DOT officials say they're not sure when a new bridge will be ready for construction. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article
Brian Donovan skippers a new pedestrian ferry from Westport to Basin Harbor
Brian Donovan skippers a new pedestrian ferry from Westport to Basin Harbor

Locals caught in Lake Champlain bridge closure organize NY-VT pedestrian ferry

As state officials scramble to find a permanent fix to the Crown Point bridge closure, locals have been working out their own solutions - everything from car pooling to kayaking across Lake Champlain. A new pedestrian ferry opened yesterday between Westport, New York and Basin Harbor on the Vermont side. Brian Mann rode along and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
A closed bridge in Crown Point...
A closed bridge in Crown Point...

As bridge closure hits wallets, anger in Champlain Valley grows

Eleven days have passed since the Crown Point bridge was closed by New York state transportation officials. An inspection found that the cement piers that form the span's foundation were crumbling dangerously. Engineers have been working around the clock to determine whether the bridge can be repaired before winter. But already the closure has begun to squeeze the economy in the central Champlain Valley. Workers on both sides of the lake have been forced to pay for expensive ferry crossings, or make hundred-mile commutes. Brian Mann was in Crown Point over the weekend and has our story.  Go to full article

Crown Point bridge: Governor Paterson says "state of emergency" likely

Speaking yesterday with North Country Public Radio, Governor David Paterson said he "would anticipate" that a state of emergency will be declared following closure of the Crown Point bridge. Paterson said he was still consulting with state officials and planned to speak with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. "This has become an emergency," said Governor Paterson. "We're going to treat this situation as a priority."

Meanwhile, Vermont's Transportation Secretary David Dill issued a disaster declaration. According to the Associated Press, Dill said the declaration could help get federal help and re-prioritize state money to help repair or replace the bridge between Addison Vt. and Crown Point, N.Y.

Gov. Paterson said the DOT would have a plan for resolving the traffic crisis in the Champlain Valley within 10 days. But he also called for "an investigative" review of how transportation officials handled the bridge repairs. DOT had assured locals that the bridge was safe and would remain open, before reversing their opinion on Friday.

The state has also said that a permanent fix for the aging bridge wouldn't be finalized until 2013. Governor Paterson said that he would now push for "an accelerated solution." Many motorists are now forced to detour 50-100 miles. The bridge closure has affected hundreds of people in New York and Vermont who work on opposite sides of Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
DOT says the Crown Point bridge is at risk of "failure"
DOT says the Crown Point bridge is at risk of "failure"

Crown Point bridge remains closed; structural "failure" a risk

There's still no word on how long the Crown Point Bridge will be closed. Friday afternoon, state officials in New York and Vermont abruptly shut down the span across Lake Champlain. An inspection found that cement piers holding up the massive structure have eroded so badly that it could collapse at any moment. Thousands of travelers now face detours of 80 to 100 miles. As Brian Mann reports, local officials are furious about the closure and say they want answers for how the historic bridge was allowed to deteriorate.  Go to full article
File photo of DOT bridge inspections from 2007 (Photo:  Brian Mann)
File photo of DOT bridge inspections from 2007 (Photo: Brian Mann)

Breaking: Crown Point bridge closed, could collapse

State officials abruptly closed the Crown Point bridge across Lake Champlain this afternoon, citing dangerous deterioration to the cement piers supporting the structure.

"The flaws and deterioration of those foundations means that...the bridge is subject to potential failure," said Mary Ivey, DOT regional director.

State Senator Betty Little says a "major tragedy" has been averted.

Engineers discovered that two concrete piers supporting the structure have deteriorated to the degree that environmental factors -- and not the weight of passing cars -- could cause the structure to
collapse.

"What they've said is that what would happen is not just that one piece would fall off but that the whole bridge would collapse into the water," said Sen. Little.

The emergency closure will affect more than 3,400 travelers each day. Roughly half that number are local commuters who cross the bridge to get to work.

The route is a major link between northern New York and Vermont, with the nearest detour route 50-100 miles away.

The Ticonderoga ferry closes at the end of the October, but the ferry at Essex remains open until the lake ices up.

The other alternate route is at Whitehall in Washington County at the southern end of Lake Champlain.

This development will hit communities on both sides of the lake hard.

Carol Sweeney is a nurse from Crown Point, New York, who works at the hospital in Middlebury, Vermont.

"We avbsolutely for medical reasons alone need that bridge open," she said.

As recently as last week, state officials assured members of the public that there were no plans to close the bridge.

They also insisted that the bridge was safe for one-lane traffic and would reopen both lanes later this month.

"we are confident that it's safe," said Jim Boni, with New York's Transportation Department.

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, whose district includes Crown Point, called today for an investigation of how the safety concern was overlooked.

"I know there were divers in that water all summer," Sayward said. "Why didn't we have any idea before we saw the email [today] that this was going on now?"

DOT officials say the closure is "indefinite."

More on this story Monday morning during the 8 O'clock Hour.  Go to full article
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Workers repair the cement supports of the Crown Point bridge (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge in worse shape than believed, fix could take years

One of the most important land crossings between Northern New York and Vermont is in worse shape than once believed. According to transportation officials from New York, some of the most important steel girders and cement pilings that support the Crown Point bridge are deteriorating rapidly. The route is used by more than 3,000 vehicles every day. About half of those cars and trucks are driven by people going to work. The bridge is also an important route for tourists. As Brian Mann reports, state and Federal agencies say replacing or permanently repairing the bridge could take half a decade.  Go to full article

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