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New Lake Champlain bridge is projected to open in Summer 2011.
New Lake Champlain bridge is projected to open in Summer 2011.

DOT says new Lake Champlain bridge won?t be derailed by budget crisis

The budget crisis in Albany is threatening to bring state construction projects to a standstill. But New York's Department of Transportation says the effort to rebuild the Lake Champlain bridge at Crown Point is still on track. With eighty percent of the funding coming from the Federal government, the project appears to be insulated from most of the chaos in the state capital. But as Brian Mann reports, many local residents still worry that the bridge could be delayed.  Go to full article
The existing bridge on Great Sacandaga (Source:  NYSDOT
The existing bridge on Great Sacandaga (Source: NYSDOT

Great Sacandaga: APA approves new Batchelerville bridge design

A lot of attention this winter has focused on the bridge crisis in the Champlain Valley. But locals in the southern Adirondacks are also worried about the rapid deterioration of the span across the Great Sacandaga Reservoir. State officials say construction of a new bridge is expected to get underway this summer. At a meeting last week, the Adirondack Park Agency approved a new design for the project expected to shave roughly $11 million off its cost. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos:  Mark Kurtz)
After the explosion, the bridge's skeleton remained (Photos: Mark Kurtz)

After eight decades, historic Crown Point bridge meets fiery end

The Crown Point bridge across Lake Champlain was demolished yesterday morning, just after ten o'clock. The span had served as a major link between Vermont and upstate New York for eight decades. It became a part of the North Country landscape and lore. Deterioration of the bridge and its closure in mid-October have crippled the Champlain Valley economy, straining ties between communities on both sides of the lake. As Brian Mann reports, many local people hope that yesterday's massive explosion marks a first step toward getting their lives back to normal.  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
DOT tree cutting on Rt. 3 (Source:  Assn. Protection Adks.)
DOT tree cutting on Rt. 3 (Source: Assn. Protection Adks.)

DOT hires Adk "czar" to monitor Park roadworks

New York's Department of Transportation is creating a new staff position to monitor all projects inside the Adirondack Park. The hire was mandated by a settlement that grew out of heavy tree cutting along Route 3 last year between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups and other state officials hope that the change will improve cooperation inside the blue line.  Go to full article
Cut tree on Rt. 3 (Source:  Assn. Protection Adks.)
Cut tree on Rt. 3 (Source: Assn. Protection Adks.)

Roadside Cutting Angers Environmentalists

A pro-environment group says the state violated New York's constitution by cutting down thousands of trees along Rt. 3 outside of Saranac Lake. The trees were cut by the Department of Transportation on public land in the Adirondacks, where timber harvesting is banned. As Brian Mann reports, state officials say the project was meant to protect motorists.  Go to full article
The crumbled edge of Cold Brook Dr. in South Colton provides a new waterfall. The culvert washout, below, on Rt. 56 will reroute traffic for weeks. Photos: Ed Fuhr
The crumbled edge of Cold Brook Dr. in South Colton provides a new waterfall. The culvert washout, below, on Rt. 56 will reroute traffic for weeks. Photos: Ed Fuhr

Rt. 56 Repairs to Take Weeks, Months

A major route connecting the St. Lawrence Valley and points south will be closed for two months, maybe more. Heavy rain over the weekend washed out two spots along Rt. 56 south of South Colton. Department of Transportation engineers and safety inspectors were on the scene as the waters receded. DOT public information officer Mike Flick told Martha Foley they found the damage was worse than expected.  Go to full article
Clarkson University's Tom Langen & Joe Osso
Clarkson University's Tom Langen & Joe Osso

Road Salt Affecting Adirondack Lakes

This winter, state and local road crews will dump thousands of metric tons of salt on north country roads. The salt helps keep highways safe, preventing ice build-up and accidents. But environmentalists say the chemical is washing down into formerly pristine lakes and river. A research team from Clarkson University is studying the amount and the impact of salt collecting in the Cascade Lakes near Keene. Brian Mann spent a day with the scientists and sends this report.  Go to full article

Jay Bridge Fight Continues With Federal Suit

A couple in the town of Jay is suing the state of New York in Federal court, hoping to block construction of a new bridge over the east branch of the Ausable River. Yesterday, the state Department of Transportation served the couple with an eviction notice for a 7-acre portion of their farm. DOT officials say the land is needed to build the new bridge -- but won't enforce the eviction until the matter is heard in court Monday. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg
CP Rail Tower In Whallonsburg

CP Rail Drops APA Tower Suit, Council Claims DOT Funded Work

A Canadian corporation that sued the Adirondack Park Agency last month has withdrawn the suit. Canadian Pacific Rail still hopes to build a series of broadcast towers in the Champlain Valley. Negotiations with the APA continue. But as Brian Mann reports, a pro-environment group now claims the project is actually being funded with state grant money.  Go to full article

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