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December 22, 2009

Champlain Bridge Public Advisory Committee Chooses Bridge Design

MONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced that a recent public survey showed an overwhelming majority of people favor the Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge concept as a replacement to the existing Lake Champlain Bridge.

More than 3,500 people cast their vote either by Internet or by attending a series of public meetings held on December 12 and hosted by the Bridge’s Public Advisory Committee or PAC.

Additionally, the PAC issued a final recommendation for its preferred design for the replacement of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The PAC agreed with the public survey results, and also recommended replacing the existing structure with a Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge.

New York and Vermont created the PAC to gather input from the public, elected officials and other interested groups on bridge replacement alternatives, including aesthetics and amenities of the new structure. The PAC made its recommendation to the two states at a meeting last week in Ticonderoga.

The Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge is a steel structure with a handle-like arch along the main span. Multiple redundancies in the design make this bridge significantly safer than the existing structure, and ensure at least a 75-year service life. The design also is visually pleasing, complementing the mountainous back drop.

Public preference will be one of many factors considered as VTrans and NYSDOT chooses a replacement bridge design, and public input will play a significant role in the final determination. VTrans and NYSDOT expect to make a final decision in mid-January after further consultation with project stakeholders and the public.

A rendering of and more details about the Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge, as well as other bridge alternatives, can be found at Those still wishing to voice a preference can do so by sending their comments in writing to Jim Boni, NYSDOT, 328 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Comments will be accepted until January 11.

Source: Agency of Transportation
Last Updated at: December 22, 2009 08:35:22