Raising the Champlain bridge

Barges move the massive arch across Lake Champlain. Photo by Seth Lang.
Barges move the massive arch across Lake Champlain. Photo by Seth Lang.

Sightseers gathered in Crown Point today to watch the installation of the arch for the new bridge connecting New York State and Vermont.

The arch was still being slowly hoisted this afternoon. Crown Point photographer Seth Lang took these photos of the massive structure–which is about eight stories high–being moved into place by barges.

The original bridge was closed in 2009 because of structural damage, causing economic hardship to towns on the both side of Lake Champlain. The new one is scheduled to open this fall, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Updates on the bridge construction, including photos, are available online from the state Department of Transportation.

The arch will connect two spans of roadway already in place. Photo by Seth Lang.
The arch will connect two spans of roadway already in place. Photo by Seth Lang.

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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