Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Bridging the Gap

Construction of the new Lake Champlain Bridge between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont has been amazing to watch. One of the most interesting aspects of the project has been to see the center span being made. We discovered the construction of the span when we went to launch our Bauer 12 daysailer from the public launch ramp in Port Henry.
The marina next to the ramp has been leased for the project and turned into a construction site. This is where the 402 ft. span is being made and will be brought to the bridge itself on the lake (we presume by huge barges). At anytime during the day there are people sitting in their cars at the launch ramp, watching the work force with binoculars. We have gone back several times and are astonished with how quickly it has progressed.

There is still plenty to assemble and rig, so even though the arches now meet, rumor has it that it will be sometime towards the middle to late August before it is moved and attached to the other spans. I sure hope that it is announced when they do this, so we can be there to watch. Completion of the project is slated for October of this year. Meanwhile the free ferries are still running 24 hours a day next to the bridge.

Click HERE for more detailed info on the bridge construction and to view the webcams.

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