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The new Champlain Bridge opened to traffic (including foot traffic) in November, 2011. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The new Champlain Bridge opened to traffic (including foot traffic) in November, 2011. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Why don't all the Lake Champlain Bridge lights work?

New York's Department of Transportation will look at why some of the lights on the new Lake Champlain Bridge don't work.

LED lights illuminate the Crown Point bridge, and its long pedestrian walkway. When the bridge opened in 2011, all of them worked. Now some don't - raising concerns and conversation on social media.  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
It's our bridge now.  Hundreds flock onto the bridge during Monday's celebration.  (Photo:  Mark Kurtz for NCPR)
It's our bridge now. Hundreds flock onto the bridge during Monday's celebration. (Photo: Mark Kurtz for NCPR)

Monday's bridge opening marks next chapter in the span's long history

As we've been hearing, yesterday's ceremony is part of the long history of the Lake Champlain bridge and the deep connection between communities on both sides of the border.

Brian Mann has been following this story since the old span was declared unsafe in 2009. He has this look back at how the crisis affected the Champlain Valley and how it has united communities on both sides of the lake.  Go to full article
A new bridge for the Champlain Valley, seen at dawn this morning (Photo:  Brian Mann)
A new bridge for the Champlain Valley, seen at dawn this morning (Photo: Brian Mann)

Lake Champlain bridge opens this afternoon

Two years after a team of demolition experts blasted the historic Crown Point bridge into pieces, the new span is set to reopen to traffic this afternoon.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will attend the ceremony at 2:30, as will Lt. Governor Robert Duffy.

Construction of the bridge continued year-round, despite harsh winter conditions, flooding, and the state's budget crisis, which derailed or delayed other transportation projects.

In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo called today's ribbon cutting "great news" for the Champlain Valley.

Brian Mann will be live in Crown Point through the day today. He spoke live with Martha Foley during the 8 O'clock Hour. He'll have more, live and with Nora Flaherty on All Before Five.  Go to full article
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

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.  Go to full article
The arch fell in a cloud of debris. Photo by Mark Kurtz.
The arch fell in a cloud of debris. Photo by Mark Kurtz.

It's gone.....

It took just seconds for the Lake Champlain bridge to fall. Shortly after 10 this morning, some 500 charges went off simultaneously. An instant later, the arched span collapsed into the lake below. Here's the audio, from the NYSDOT web cam. We'll have good sound, photos and video ASAP.  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

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