Monday, October 26, 2009

Public Meetings This Week on Lake Champlain Bridge

NYS DOT has announced a schedule of public meetings about repairs to the Crown Point Bridge and interim lake crossing options. The first meeting is tomorrow on the Vermont side. There will be a meeting in Moriah Wednesday. Details are available at this Web site the state established to provide updates about the bridge, and in a DOT press release, below:

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation will host two public information meetings regarding available transportation alternatives for crossing Lake Champlain and the plan to repair and reopen the Lake Champlain Bridge spanning from Crown Point, New York, to Chimney Point, Vermont.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, October 27, at the Addison Central School located at 121 Vermont Rte. 17W, Addison, Vermont. The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at the Moriah Central School located at 29 Viking Lane in Port Henry, New York, and will be attended by representatives from New York’s State Emergency Management Office. Both meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Both schools are accessible to persons with disabilities. If a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or any other accommodation is required to facilitate participation, please contact James Boni, P. E., Project Manager, at (518) 388-0239, write to NYSDOT Region One Design, 328 State Street, Schenectady, N. Y. 12305 or submit an e-mail to (NYS Department of Transportation press contact Charles Carrier, 518-457-6400.)

This story in today’s Press-Republican quotes Crown Point supervisor Dale French saying he heard Gov. David Paterson might attend Wednesday’s meeting in Moriah.

Here’s a story about economic hardship caused by the bridge closure from NCPR’s Brian Mann this morning.


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Mary Thill is a freelance journalist based in Saranac Lake. She recently began working as a writer and editor at The Nature Conservancy's Adirondack Chapter.

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