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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Watch Crown Point Bridge Demo- Monday 10 am

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based on news from WRGB Channel 6

The Crown Point Bridge, at the eastern terminus of the North Country Trail, and a necessary connection to extend the trail into Vermont, will be demolished Monday morning, Dec 28, 2009 at 10 am. The bridge was discovered to be in a critical condition after unusual erosion of the piers was noticed. The bridge closed on October 16, 2009.

popular Crown Point Bridge design
most popular proposed design for the new bridge (from NY DOT)

Several designs for a new bridge have been proposed, and it is hoped by those in the trail community that a pedestrian walkway will be included. The specifications on the NYS DOT web site do not mention any such plan.

Supposedly the demolition can be viewed live via webcast at the NYS DOT. According to the DOT, all members of the general public will be able to view the demolition of the bridge from the boat launch in Port Henry where a few chemical toilets will be available. An alternate viewing location will be open at Bulwagga Bay Park in Moriah however there are no toileting facilities at this site. Only media and essential staff will be permitted at the Crown Point Historic Site. The Crown Point Historic Site is designated just outside the 1,000 foot safety zone. Those planning to be present should dress for bitter cold, and bring ear protection, as the blast will exceed 150 decibels.

See Crown Point Bridge Closed

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