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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Crown Pt(NY) to Chimney Pt(VT) Crossing Free Ferry, US - Pictures - Upcoming Video

The Champlain Bridge (also known as the Crown Point Bridge) was a 2,184 feet (666 m) long vehicular bridge in the US that traversed Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont. It was opened to traffic in 1929 as a toll bridge; the tolls were removed in 1987. The bridge was closed due to safety concerns in October 2009 and was taken down by explosive demolition on December 28, 2009. A new span will be built in its place.

It was the only bridge that connected New York to Vermont by crossing Lake Champlain; all other transport across the lake between the two states is by ferry. The bridge connected NY 185 in New York to VT 17 in Vermont. The half-mile, two-lane, continuous truss bridge was jointly owned and maintained by the NY State Department of Transportation and the VT Agency of Transportation.

On Feb 1, 2010, Lake Champlain Transportation started a new ferry service at the site of the demolished bridge. The new service is now operating with two boats, departing each side of the crossing every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. This is a free service subsidized by the NY DOT.

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