ADDISON - Businessowners located near the condemned Lake Champlain Bridge between Addison, Vt. and Corwn Point, N.Y., allege a consulting archeologist to the Vermont Agency of Transportation is delaying the ferry project now underway by Kubricky Construction.
One of the businessowners declined to be identified in print, but reported to The (Addison) Eagle that project officials have been frustrated by archeologist who is slowing down the effort and adding to the ferry project's costs.
According to John Dumville of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the archaeologist handling the project is Jen Russell of the University of Vermont's Consulting Archaeology Program.
"It's looking more and more like the ferry project will not be completed by the time the lake ice freezes," said the owner of the Bridge Restaurant in Addison. "My understanding is that Vermont's archeologist is slowing everything down-requiring mating and stump grinding; meanwhile, we have businesses on this side of the lake that are ready to close their doors."
Telephone calls by The Eagle to Russell and VTrans were not returned by press time.