Progress report on the new Champlain Bridge - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Progress report on the new Champlain Bridge

Port Henry, New York - August 3, 2011

Flatiron Construction accepted the contract it was given: 500 days to complete the bridge. Record flooding set workers back, and the company got an extension. It hopes to make up lost time, and now the bridge's arch will soon be on the move.

The final piece of the new Champlain Bridge can be seen while crossing on the ferry.

Sherry Morin of Port Henry said, "We go down regularly to see how they are doing."

Locals and tourists frequent the spot to check on the arch being assembled at the Velez Marine, or as it has come to be know "The Arch Yard" in Port Henry, N.Y.

Patrick Blaise of Westport added, "That is a pretty amazing piece of steel work."

The arch is well under way. The major work left is stringing support cables from the base to the top.

John Grady with the New York State Department of Transportation explained, "The workers are putting together the cable support systems. They have to be fabricated on site because they are so long. It is a bundle of cables inside a plastic jacket that will be used to support the bridge."

Once that is done the arch will be loaded on to two barges and tugboats will drag it two miles to the bridge site.  It will then be lifted into place.

Grady added, "There will be a lifting system of cables that will come off the new bridge on the ends of the approaches, and the entire structure will be lifted into place. And beams will be placed underneath it and it will be bolted into place."

This is no small feat. The arch itself is 402 feet long, about one and one-third football fields in length. It is 8 stories tall, just three stories shorter than Decker Towers in Burlington, reportedly Vermont's tallest building. The arch weighs 1.8 million pounds. But New York transportation officials say it can be done, and soon.

"We are looking somewhere near the end of the month we hope," Grady said.

High water marks on trees surrounding the worksite serve as a reminder of how flooded the marina was, putting crews out of work for two months. Contractors were granted a 65-day extension, and at this point cannot promise they will meet that Oct. 9 deadline.

Grady said, "Right now we are in conversations with the contractor to determine when we will actually have the bridge open. Those discussions are ongoing."

Some say they understand the delays and do not mind waiting a little longer.

Carole Collins of Westport explained, "Not really because we are watching the progress, and know it is happening. Sometime soon it is going. That will be good."

But others admit they are a little less patient.

"It has been a long two years. Lets keep our fingers crossed it actually happens."

Locals like Sherry Morin say they are planning celebrations for the original deadline of Oct. 9 and hope crews can catch up on lost time.

"It better be. I do not know what we are going to do about it," Morin said.

The 65 day extension means that Flatiron must finish the bridge by Dec. 19, or they will have to pay a $30,000 fine for every day they are late. Transportation reps say they have not set a date yet, but are hopeful to stay as close to the Oct. 9 as possible.

Molly Smith - WCAX News

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Hinesburg man in custody after alleged shooting

    Hinesburg man in custody after alleged shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:56:35 GMT
    Police say a 71-year-old man is in custody accused of shooting a female relative in the hand and chest around 8:30 Thursday evening.The incident happened on Richmond Road. The Hinesburg police chief says the man was arrested without incident. He and the victim are long time residents of Hinesburg. Detectives are still investigating what sparked the shooting. But the chief says neither the victim nor the shooter have had any interactions with police before this. The woman was taken to Fletche...More >>
    Police say a 71-year-old man is in custody accused of shooting a female relative in the hand and chest around 8:30 Thursday evening.The incident happened on Richmond Road. The Hinesburg police chief says the man was arrested without incident. He and the victim are long time residents of Hinesburg. Detectives are still investigating what sparked the shooting. But the chief says neither the victim nor the shooter have had any interactions with police before this. The woman was taken to Fletche...More >>
  • Springfield police search for armed robber

    Springfield police search for armed robber

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:00:49 GMT
    Springfield Police need your help to find an armed robber. They say yesterday a white man carrying a semi-automatic handgun held-up the Jenny Wren Café on Main Street. The suspect is described as 19-29 with a slight build and no taller than 5-foot-9.Police say he had a dark buzz cut, acne, and was wearing a red Ecko hooded sweatshirt.If you have any information on the robbery call Springfield Police.More >>
    Springfield Police need your help to find an armed robber. They say yesterday a white man carrying a semi-automatic handgun held-up the Jenny Wren Café on Main Street. The suspect is described as 19-29 with a slight build and no taller than 5-foot-9.Police say he had a dark buzz cut, acne, and was wearing a red Ecko hooded sweatshirt.If you have any information on the robbery call Springfield Police.More >>
  • Arlington man facing an animal cruelty

    Arlington man facing an animal cruelty

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:03:45 GMT
    An Arlington man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say they found a dead dog on this property.It happened at 2760 VT Route 313. Troopers were at Rick Thompson's home investigating a burglary involving a wood burning stove when they discovered the dog. Thompson told police the dog died from kennel cough but a vet later determined the dog had been starved to death. The 47-year-old is due in court next month.More >>
    An Arlington man is facing an animal cruelty charge after police say they found a dead dog on this property.It happened at 2760 VT Route 313. Troopers were at Rick Thompson's home investigating a burglary involving a wood burning stove when they discovered the dog. Thompson told police the dog died from kennel cough but a vet later determined the dog had been starved to death. The 47-year-old is due in court next month.More >>
  • Senator Sanders pushes for better access to primary care

    Senator Sanders pushes for better access to primary care

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:06 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:06:48 GMT
    Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing for better access to primary care for patients in Vermont and across the country.More >>
    Senator Bernie Sanders is pushing for better access to primary care for patients in Vermont and across the country. More >>
  • Burlington School budget one step closer to re-vote

    Burlington School budget one step closer to re-vote

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:09:20 GMT
    A new Burlington School Budget is one step closer to a re-vote in the Community.The Burlington School board voted in favor of a 67.4 million dollar budget. Dozens of parents and voters turned out Thursday night for public testimony on their thoughts and concerns on the new more expensive budget. A recent audit uncovered a 2.5 million dollar deficit forcing the board to slash about 2.5 million dollars in programming and staff. This new budget is 600-thousand dollars MORE than what was voted do...More >>
    A new Burlington School Budget is one step closer to a re-vote in the Community.The Burlington School board voted in favor of a 67.4 million dollar budget. Dozens of parents and voters turned out Thursday night for public testimony on their thoughts and concerns on the new more expensive budget. A recent audit uncovered a 2.5 million dollar deficit forcing the board to slash about 2.5 million dollars in programming and staff. This new budget is 600-thousand dollars MORE than what was voted do...More >>
  • Robber hits the same bank twice?

    Robber hits the same bank twice?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:01:18 GMT
    A security guard and bank manager at the People's United in St. Albans held a would-be robber until police arrived. And investigators think he is the same man who robbed the bank Monday.More >>
    A security guard and bank manager at the People's United in St. Albans held a would-be robber until police arrived. And investigators think he is the same man who robbed the bank Monday.More >>
  • Man shot by Vt. cop faces charges

    Man shot by Vt. cop faces charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:31:24 GMT
    A man shot by an officer inside the Bennington police station faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.More >>
    A man shot by an officer inside the Bennington police station faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.More >>
  • Man charged in Vt. teacher killing wants confession tossed

    Man charged in Vt. teacher killing wants confession tossed

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:29:39 GMT
    A Vermont man charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is asking a judge to exclude from his upcoming trial a detailed confession he gave to police investigators.More >>
    A Vermont man charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is asking a judge to exclude from his upcoming trial a detailed confession he gave to police investigators.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.