DOT has said a new bridge will be open in 2011.
Work on a temporary, 24-hour ferry next to the bridge site is continuing, with operations scheduled to begin by the end of this month. An Acrow modular ramp was set in place on the New York side Wednesday to be used as a ferry dock.
Vermont Gov. James Douglas also said in a release that his state wants the modified network tied-arch design.
“Both the public and our bridge engineers agree that the modified tied-arch is an outstanding and appropriate design to replace the historic Lake Champlain Bridge. The new bridge will fit easily into the historic surroundings and be a source of pride for residents of both states for years to come.”
The design must also be approved by the Federal Highway Administration, which will fund 80 percent of the cost of the new span. Construction costs are expected to be about $75 million.
The old bridge lasted 80 years, and the new span has a projected life of 75 years.
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