"The bridge's condition will continue to be monitored during the development of this project, to ensure the safety of the traveling public."
The project to address the bridge's deteriorating condition started in 2006, as a joint operation of the DOT and the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The bridge is owned by both New York and Vermont, although New York has been entrusted with the bridge's maintenance. Under a prior agreement, the two states would share the cost of major rehabilitation or replacement.
The Adirondack Architectural Heritage group is actively advocating for preservation and rehabilitation of the Champlain Bridge, AARCH Executive Director Steven Engelhart said.
"We have argued that this option would not only save an important regional landmark, but early indications are that it would be the least costly, result in minimal disruption in traffic during reconstruction. It could be brought to completion the quickest of any alternative, and it's consistent with New York state's policies regarding the preservation of its engineering legacy."
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