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New lake bridge to get its central arch

August 5, 2011

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The center arch of the new Lake Champlain bridge from Vermont to New York should be lifted into place by the end of the month, an official said. The 402-foot center span of the new bridge between West Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y., is being built at a New York marina 2 miles north of the bridge site where it is nearing completion. Once the arch is done it will be floated down the lake on two barges, lifted into position, and then secured to the rest of the bridge, said John Grady of the New York Department of Transportation. “We are looking somewhere near the end of the month we hope,’’ he said. Almost two years ago, the 80-year-old bridge that had spanned the lake was closed after it was found to be structurally unsafe. It was demolished. Construction on the new bridge began last year. It is due to be finished by Oct. 9, but the contractor has been given a 65-day extension because of high water on the lake this spring. (AP)