Lake Champlain Bridge (2011–present) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsLake Champlain Bridge
|Carries||Two lanes of NY 185 and VT 17|
|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.
View of Lake Champlain Bridge from Crown Point.
View from below the Lake Champlain Bridge on the Vermont side on Chimney Point.
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