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December 14, 2009

Champlain Bridge Explosive Contractor Named

MONTPELIER – Today the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced that, as part of an expedited process to demolish the existing Lake Champlain Bridge and build a replacement at the same location, NYSDOT contractor Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc. (H&B) has secured an expert subcontractor to demolish the existing bridge. Advanced Explosives Demolition, Inc. of Idaho will, working for H&B, plan for and execute the controlled explosive demolition of the steel truss bridge.

Details on the bridge demolition will be well advertised and safe public viewing locations will be determined. The demolition contractor will establish safety protocols for contractor employees and for the public to which they must adhere. The public will be prohibited from the area immediately surrounding the bridge, including the land, water and air. Access to certain roads also will be restricted for a distance to be specified by the states and contractor to ensure public safety.

REMINDER: Three identical public meetings will be held on Saturday, December 12, regarding replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. at the Community Building, 132 Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga, NY. The identical presentations will detail the replacement bridge alternatives, followed by a question and answer session. Staff from both states will be available throughout the day to receive feedback, discuss the options and answer general questions.

During the presentations, project team members will review the design criteria for the new bridge and the feasible bridge types available for consideration. Attendees will be asked for input regarding features that should be included in the design, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, lighting and materials used, as well as the style of the new bridge. Options for commemorating the historic bridge also will be presented and discussed. The meeting also will address demolition plans for the existing bridge, including when and how it is likely to occur.

For those who can not attend the 12/12 meeting, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, renderings showing each of the alternatives will be made available on NYSDOT’s Web site at A survey also will be available until midnight on Monday, December 14, so the public can make their preferred bridge concept known. Results will be considered before a final decision is made.

Source: Agency of Transportation
Last Updated at: December 14, 2009 11:52:58