CROWN POINT/ADDISON - New York and Vermont engineers have closed the Lake Champlain Bridge connecting Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y. The bridge is also known as the Crown Point Bridge.
Early unconfirmed reports indicated that a serious metal fracture was observed on the bridge and that it represents a serious hazard to vehicles crossing the span. Officials did not comment on the fracture story.
Ted Anhalt of Crown Point, a daily commuter to Middlebury who uses the bridge, was having lunch in the Bridge Restaurant on Oct. 16 when he said an unidentified man, possibly a highway worker, walked into the dining area.
"He told us 'You folks have just 8 minutes to get across the bridge before it closes-if that's where you're going,' he said. Well, I was in shock. I didn't expect closing the bridge would happen so quickly. A lot of folks like me are going to be terribly inconvenienced by this fiasco. They had only 80 years to fix this problem," Anhalt said. "I also heard it may take up to three or four weeks before it reopens. I don't know what I am going to do now."
The bridge closed Friday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m. It will remain closed indefinitely, according to officials.