Crown Point Bridge Update

Betty Little

October 22, 2009

Crown Point Bridge Update -- Thursday, October 22

New York State has set up a toll-free hot line at (888)769-7243.  The hot line is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and businesses and area residents are encouraged to call to express concerns as well as offer suggestions.

An outreach center is located in the Lake Champlain Visitor’s Center at 814 Bridge Road in Crown Point.  The center, also open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be reached by calling (518)485-1159.  The hot line and outreach center will inform residents and businesses of state and federal resources available to mitigate the hardship caused by the bridge closure.

The NYSDOT has had divers in the water to collect core samples from the piers needed to determine their strength and are in the process of reviewing the data they currently have, as well as the new data they are collecting, to design repairs and develop a time line for reopening the bridge.

Options such as a temporary bridge or temporary ferry landing are being analyzed by both New York State and Vermont.

Other options being considered include setting up park and ride locations and creating a bussing system to help commuters. 

Senator Little is continuing to push the DOT and Governor on a daily basis to come up with a solution as soon as possible.  She has also met with federal representatives, including U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.