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November 6, 2009

Dig planned for site of proposed NY-Vt. ferry


Similar work was being done on the other side of the bridge, according to John Zicconi, spokesman for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.

"We've not been made aware of any hurdles at all from an archaeological standpoint on our side," he said.

The DOT, in charge of bridge maintenance, and the AOT are among an alphabet soup of government agencies working to get the required permits to start a ferry service. All are trying to find a quick solution — whether it be a temporary bridge or a new ferry — to a vexing situation that has resulted in an 80-mile detour for those who used the bridge regularly.

At the same time, the agencies are aware of the historically sensitive nature of Crown Point and its place in the region's history.

"A lot of things that happened at other places during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War really started here," said Charles Vandrei, historic preservation officer for New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, which operates the Crown Point campground.

While never subjected to a direct assault, Crown Point was a key staging area and supply base for military operations, first by the French starting in the 1730s and later by the British and colonial forces.

Most of the notable military figures from the era were at Crown Point at various times, from Maj. Robert Rogers of Rogers' Rangers fame to Benedict Arnold. George Washington also stopped by for a visit during his tour of northern military sites the end of the American Revolution.

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