A lifeline 'up there' is severed

 

By FRED LEBRUN COMMENTARY


First published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Times Union
 
A bridge is a lifeline.


Four thousand cars a day cross the Champlain Bridge that connects Crown Point on the New York side with Addison, Vt. At least that was the case until Oct. 16, when state engineers declared the bridge unsafe for travel and shut it down indefinitely. Gov. Paterson declared a state disaster emergency, which theoretically triggers all manner of relief and federal funding to restore a lifeline quickly.


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