New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced today both a public survey and the agencies’ Public Advisory Committee (PAC) agree on what the new Crown Point – Chimney Point bridge (officially known as the Lake Champlain Bridge) should look like. The survey and PAC recommendation “will be one of many factors considered” according to officials in choosing a replacement bridge design. The co-lead agencies on the project (VAOT, NYSDOT, and FHWA) have not yet made an official decision and cannot do so until after January 11, 2010 when the comment period for Consulting Parties officially ends.
“A public survey conducted on NYSDOT’s web site showed an overwhelming majority of people favor the Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge concept as a replacement,” DOT officials announced “More than 3,500 people weighed in to cast their vote for the replacement design.” The Public Advisory Committee issued a final recommendation to replace the existing structure with a Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge (above).
Here is more form the announcement:
New York and Vermont created the PAC to gather input from the public, elected officials and other interested groups on bridge replacement alternatives, aesthetics of and amenities of the new structure. The PAC made its recommendation to the two states at a meeting Tuesday in Ticonderoga.
The Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge is a steel structure with a handle-like arch along the main span. Multiple redundancies in the design make this bridge significantly safer than the existing structure and ensure at least a 75-year service life. The design also is visually pleasing, complementing the mountainous back drop.
The 80-year-old Lake Champlain Bridge, which was closed in October, is expected to be demolished soon.