Quantcast

How the Champlain Bridge is shaping up - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

How the Champlain Bridge is shaping up

West Addison, Vermont - October 7, 2011

Nearly two years have passed since the Bridge Restaurant in West Addison became the No Bridge Restaurant.

"It's been a challenge," said Dixie Thorpe, who's been a waitress at the restaurant for 10 years.

Thorpe says even with the free ferry service, things just haven't been the same.

"The business has definitely gone down," she said. "I'm a good judge of it being that I've been here so long."

The construction of the Champlain Bridge has been a constant battle against the elements. The project was delayed due to flooding this Spring and the bridge's 900-ton arch was installed just days before Tropical Storm Irene.

But now the bridge is finally nearing completion. Friday, we toured the progress by boat. Although most of the major construction is now complete, concrete trucks continue to roll onto the bridge one after another, pouring what will be the sidewalk on both sides of the crossing.

Jack Sweeney of Saranac Lake, N.Y., came to watch the installation of the arch back in late August. He says local residents are now more excited than ever for the opening of the bridge.

"It's going to be a great party when they get it done, I'll bet you. Yup, a lot of people will turn out for it," Sweeney said.

When exactly that will happen is still unknown. Before construction was delayed this spring, the bridge was originally slated to open this Sunday, Oct. 9.

"We've had a lot of people coming in and saying 'Do you have a date?' We don't have a date obviously, but we're hoping for the end of the month. We'll see!" Thorpe said.

When we reached out to the New York Transportation Department, officials would not release a new completion date. They have pledged that the bridge will be finished by year's end.

"When it opens, I'll believe it," Thorpe said. "I'm just waiting like everyone else!"

Waiting for the day when they can finally drop the "No" from the No Bridge Restaurant.

Related Stories:

New Champlain Bridge wrapping up

Champlain Bridge arch goes in

Meet the man who designed the new Champlain Bridge

Champlain Bridge reopening celebration postponed

Progress report on the new Champlain Bridge

Dropping water helping Lake Champlain bridge work

Push to name new Champlain Bridge after fallen troopers

N.Y. seeks old Champlain Bridge memorabilia

Flooding won't delay Champlain Bridge opening

Is construction on the new Champlain Bridge on track?

Co. gets 65 extra days to complete NY-Vt. bridge

A progress report on the Champlain Bridge

Champlain Bridge update meeting on Friday

Construction starts on Champlain Bridge

Champlain Bridge demolished

Champlain Bridge: The blast

Champlain Bridge: The reaction

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:59:03 GMT
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
  • 2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:52:13 GMT
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
  • Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:08:26 GMT
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
  • Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:59:21 GMT
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
  • Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:52 GMT
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
  • Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:32:03 GMT
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
  • Body discovered in Massena

    Body discovered in Massena

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:02:43 GMT
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
  • Community remembers O'Hagan's presence at Sheffield Field Days

    Community remembers O'Hagan's presence at Sheffield Field Days

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:54:21 GMT

    Sheffield Field Days is a Labor Day tradition -- attended by hundreds. But each year the event reminds the community who is missing.

    Sheffield Field Days is a Labor Day tradition -- attended by hundreds. But each year the event reminds the community who is missing.

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.