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Free Champlain Ferry Open for Business


posted at 10:39 am Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)

The free, 24-hour temporary ferry between Crown Point, New York and Addison, Vermont, is now open to the public as of 5 am February 1.

Governor Douglas was joined by New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee to greet the first passengers of the new temporary ferry near the site of the Lake Champlain Bridge. The ferry began running Monday morning in time for the early morning commuters as they headed off to work. The ferry will operate year-round between Crown Point, NY and Chimney Point, VT, every day - 24 hours a day, 7 days per week - at no charge to the public. Currently, the ferry is scheduled to depart from Chimney Point on the hour and half hour and depart from New York at 15 and 45 after each hour. Initially there is a 15 ton 2-axel weight restriction per vehicle.

"This is an important step to restoring the economic and community connections that have been severed by the closing of the Champlain Bridge," Governor Douglas said. "This new ferry will run continually until a new bridge is constructed, and its 24-hour service will allow residents and businesses from both states to begin to return to something very close to normal."

"I was pleased to be on hand in Crown Point last week to announce that the ferry would soon open to help get New Yorkers and Vermonters back to more normal lifestyle," Governor David A. Paterson said. "Since the bridge closed, New York's Department of Transportation and Vermont's Agency of Transportation have worked tirelessly to reconnect our States and reestablish commerce throughout this corridor. Now that the ferry is open, we look forward to building the new signature Lake Champlain Bridge in the footprint of the former one."

For the ferry's first few weeks of operation, there will be a two axle, 15-ton weight limit for vehicles without exception. This temporary restriction will be increased to 40 tons and multiple axles within a few weeks to coincide with the opening of a second ferry slip.

Read the rest of the story at http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/february/free-champlain-ferry-open-business?

Relevant Address(es):
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Addison, VT 05491 (Set as Local)

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