They are seeking emergency contracting procedures so that when funding and construction needs are determined, the process can move forward as quickly as possible.
David C. Hirtle of Crown Point and others are organizing gatherings on both sides of the bridge at 3 p.m. Sunday to reflect upon, show support for or pray for a solution for the bridge crisis.
"With the sudden and devastating closure of the Crown Point/Champlain Bridge comes the realization that our neighbors, our communities and our merchants are in a position of great pain and loss," Hirtle said in a statement.
"Gone is that sense that their jobs will provide security for their families. Gone is the ability to travel freely to the doctor, the hospital, the shopping plaza and, yes, even their favorite restaurant.
"For most of us living on either side of the lake, our incomes provide only the essentials as we struggle to keep up with rising food and fuel cost. And now, a tariff, as it were, in the form of a hundred-mile detour or the added time and expense of a ferry trip.
"Spread the word! Let's join together and share with each other the spirit of community that cannot be closed down.
"Let's send a message to our respective governors that we are more than collateral damage; we're a collective community and will not be silenced."
For more information on the rally, contact Hirtle at 597-3398 or Cindy Bodette at 597-3545.