ADDISON - The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) this week chose Kubricky Construction to do the Vermont land work associated with the new, temporary ferry service at the Crown Point Bridge location.
Kubricky has already begun mobilizing equipment and staking out ground in preparation for full-scale construction to begin on Monday. The New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has also engaged a contractor for similar work on the New York side of the lake. Construction in New York began late last week.
Work being done on land to construct approach roads to the lake are a precursor to the in-water construction of the new ferry docks. Both VTrans and NYSDOT are finalizing construction plans for the docks, and in-water construction is expected to begin in early December.
"Things are progressing smoothly," said VTrans Secretary David Dill. "All the permits needed for land construction are in hand and work has begun. We hope to have the all clear for water work next week."
Construction of new ferry docks became necessary when the Champlain Bridge abruptly closed due to safety concerns. VTrans and NYSDOT plan to demolish the bridge and construct a new one. The new, temporary ferry is needed to carry vehicles across Lake Champlain until a new bridge is open.