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December 22, 2009

Public Viewing Area for Lake Champlain Bridge Demolition Staged Along Route 125

MONTPELIER -- The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today announced that, for safety reasons, Route 125 in Addison has been selected as the Vermont public viewing area for the demolition of the Lake Champlain Bridge.

The demolition is scheduled for Wednesday, December 23, 2009 and is tentatively set for 10 a.m. This time, however, could change if circumstances arise that necessitate rescheduling. Access to the public viewing site will be controlled by turning parts of Route 125 and Route 17 into one-way streets.

Heading west along Route 125, the road will become one way (heading west) in the area of Lake Street. One-way traffic will be maintained as Route 125 heads toward Lake Champlain and connects with Route 17 at the bridge. Route 17 will also be just one way (headed east) from the bridge until the area around the West Addison General Store, also known as WAGS.

Because the westerly most portion of Route 17 will be one-way headed away from the bridge, demolition viewers are encouraged to enter the area via Route 125. Anyone attempting to get to the bridge along Route 17 will be stopped at WAGS and turned around. They will not be able to continue any further west along Route 17.

The demolition contractor, Advanced Explosives Demolition, Inc. (AED) of Idaho, has established safety protocols for demolition viewing. The public will not be allowed in the area immediately surrounding the bridge, including the land, water and air. A safety zone of 1,000 feet has been established for land access, while the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) has established a 2,000 foot no-fly zone. Access to certain roads and buildings also will be restricted to ensure public safety. For their protection, the public is required to abide by the safety zones.

To protect the public during the Lake Champlain Bridge demolition and subsequent debris removal, the United States Coast Guard (USGS) has established a water safety zone of 1,000 feet on either side of the bridge. No vessels, vehicles or persons are permitted within this area without approval from the Captain of the Port, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. This safety zone is in effect from 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2009 until Thursday, April 15, 2010, to allow the channel to be cleared of debris. Any questions regarding the safety zone should be directed to the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center at 207-767-0302.

All those planning to view the bridge demolition in person are warned to plan for bitterly cold temperatures and should dress warmly. People with health conditions prohibiting them from being exposed to extreme cold should not plan to attend. In fact, VTrans encourages the public not to attend. Aside from bitter cold temperatures, there are no public toilet facilities and parking along local streets is limited. Viewers may have to walk a considerable distance to reach the bridge, and stand in the cold for an extended period with no place to warm up or go the bathroom.

A live broadcast of the bridge demolition will be available on the Internet, and several TV stations are also planning to broadcast the demolition live. Those preferring to watch the bridge demolition from the comfort of their homes or offices may access a link to the live broadcast at on Wednesday morning, December 23. A live satellite link will also be provided to media who would prefer to download it, rather than send a crew to the bridge.

Source: Agency of Transportation
Last Updated at: December 22, 2009 08:31:14