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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crown Point Bridge Closed!

Crown Point Bridge
Crown Point Bridge (photo by JHY)

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based on a news article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise

On October 16, 2009 the states of New York and Vermont officially closed the Crown Point Bridge, when it was found to be unstable and unsafe for traffic. This follows the February addition of the bridge to the National Registry of Historic Places.

New York Governor, David Paterson, has announced that the 80-year-old bridge is unrepairable, and will be torn down and replaced. A ferry service is temporarily replacing the bridge to transport vehicles and pedestrians with the states subsidizing the costs. Many people live in one state and work in the other. However, as the lake freezes, people are being urged to make alternate transportation plans.

The bridge is currently the eastern terminus of the North Country Trail. Recent discussion with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy had re-opened the possibility of a connection of the two trails in Vermont.

It would be hoped that the new bridge will include a protected pedestrian walkway to accommodate the trail.

See Addison Crown Point Bridge updates

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