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Lake Champlain Bridge
New York State Route 185 - 2.jpg
Coordinates 44°01′57″N 73°25′24″W / 44.03250°N 73.42333°W / 44.03250; -73.42333
Carries Two lanes of NY 185 and VT 17
Crosses Lake Champlain
Locale Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont
Maintained by NYSDOT and VTrans
Design Modified network tied arch
Total length 2,200 ft (670 m)
Longest span 480 ft (150 m) (clear span)
402 ft (123 m) (tied arch span)
Opened November 7, 2011

The Lake Champlain Bridge is a vehicular bridge traversing Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont. It replaced an older bridge that was demolished in 2009. The bridge was designed and constructed during an aggressive two-year schedule to minimize the social and economic impact of the original bridge's demolition. It is the only fixed-link crossing of Lake Champlain/Champlain canal between US 4 in Whitehall, 42 miles (68 km) to the south and US 2 at Rouses Point, 85 miles (137 km) to the north.

The main arch span was prefabricated off-site in Port Henry, floated by barge to the already constructed approach spans, and then lifted into place on August 26, 2011. The completed bridge was originally scheduled to open on October 9, 2011, but was delayed due to construction delays from underwater debris and record flooding.

The bridge opened to the public on Monday, November 7, 2011, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.


After state inspectors determined that the previous Champlain Bridge was beyond repair in 2009, the states of New York and Vermont agreed to replace it. The new bridge employs a modified network tied arch design. Flatiron Constructors of Broomfield, Colorado, the U.S. subsidiary of the German firm, Hochtief AG, won the contract for the new bridge, and groundbreaking took place on June 11, 2010. The bridge construction contract was for $69.6 million. It was completed six weeks ahead of schedule, but at a cost of $78.29 million.


A panorama of the replacement bridge under construction
A panorama of the replacement bridge under construction. The main arch span was brought in by barge and raised between the two approach spans shown above.
The completed bridge, as seen from the Crown Point Light

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