The Press Republican - Paterson promises fast action on Champlain Bridge
Gov. David Paterson promised Sunday that the state would act as quickly as possible to get the Champlain Bridge back in use.Read more
Since: Nov 08
#1 Oct 19, 2009
The bridge connecting Crown Point, NY, and Chimney Point, Vt., was closed Friday afternoon after a State Department of Transportation inspection revealed significant erosion of two concrete piers that support the bridge.
"At this time, the Lake Champlain Bridge also known as the Crown Point Bridge — remains closed, and the New York State Department of Transportation is designing repairs and developing a timetable for re-opening," Paterson said in a statement released Sunday by the Governor's Office.
"This emergency closure was necessary for the safety of those who use the bridge, and the action could not be delayed.
"I want to assure North Country residents that we are working as quickly as possible to re-open the bridge, as it is a critical passageway to and from Vermont.
"However, we will not in any way jeopardize the safety of those who use the bridge, and the structural problems must be resolved to ensure that safety."
He said several state agencies will have personnel at the bridge today to help local residents and businesses deal with the impact of the closing. That includes about 4,000 drivers who use the bridge each day.
The closure means motorists need to use the Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, the Lake Champlain Transportation Co.'s Essex-Charlotte ferry or detour around the southern end of the lake near Whitehall.
Both ferry companies said they are working on plans to increase service.
Traffic on the bridge had been restricted on and off over the summer as the beginning of a $1 million repair project.
The 2,184-foot-long bridge is scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement in 2013 under part of a bi-state agreement.
The Essex County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a special meeting at 10 a.m. today to "address the emergency situation which has been created by the closure of the Champlain Bridge."
The board is going to ask Paterson to declare a state of emergency, which could result in faster repairs and possible financial aid for people who will have to take daily ferry trips to get to work.
#2 Oct 22, 2009
i hate to say it but i beleive that this is merely a stunt to get monies form the Obama plan..or what ever yah want to call it..funny how the bridge is suddenly in dire shape..at this time of year, on a Friday afternoon..like a two year old throwing a fit to get something..i doubt that it'll work..so how long do the states cry before they give up and reoppen the bridge, probably too late for the most of us.
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