Plans For Lake Champlain Historic Span Rehab

Staff | September 28, 2010

The New York State Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation have formed a Public Advisory Committee to help plan the rehabilitation or replacement of the Crown Point Bridge, crossing Lake Champlain between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison, Vt. Municipal leaders, historic preservationists, local business communities, and residents in both states have been contacted for representation on the committee. Representatives from the commercial trucking industry and the recreational boating community are also being sought. Built in 1929, the half-mile, two-lane bridge is owned by New York and Vermont. The Crown Point Bridge is one of Lake Champlain's most prominent landmarks. It has historic design significance because it was built with half a through truss and half a deck truss, one of the few bridges in the nation with such a design. The bridge was last rehabilitated in 1991. Work included painting steel and bearing exteriors, repairing pier surfaces, and replacing the bridge deck, joints and railings. Project costs will be split between the two states, which are in the process of finalizing a bi-state agreement to articulate project coordination and responsibilities. Once that is completed, a design consultant will be hired to begin scoping the project. The consultant's first task will be to perform a detailed inspection and structural analysis of the existing bridge. It is anticipated that it will take six to 12 months to select a consultant and another 12 months for the consultant to complete the inspection and provide a detailed structural analysis. Construction work involving the bridge is scheduled to begin in 2012.