ADDISON - Two businessowners located near the condemned Lake Champlain Bridge between Addison, Vt. and Corwn Point, N.Y., allege a Vermont state archeaologist is delaying the ferry project now underway by Kubricky Construction.
Both businessowners declined to be identified in print, but reported to The (Addison) Eagle that project officials have been frustrated by a so-called heavy handed archeologist who is slowing down the effort and adding to the ferry project's costs. The identity of the state archeologist has not been made public.
"It's looking like this ferry will not be completed by the time the ice freezes," said one of the businessowners located in Addison. The owner asked to remain anonymous. "The Vermont archeologist is making ridiculous demands-requiring ground mating and tree-stump grinding-that are slowing down this whole process. No one is willing to talk about this nonsense. Meanwhile, we have Vermont businesses that are likely to close their doors for good and commuters that are ready to riot because of this bridge fiasco. It's a real mess here. We need action now."
Telephone calls to both the VTrans and the New York Department of Transportation were not returned.