A new public committee organized and met Jan. 24 to begin planning a bistate celebration that will open the new Lake Champlain Bridge now under construction between Vermont and New York.
Currently on schedule, the span will open sometime in October this year barring unforeseen delays; no exact opening date hasn't been established.
The old bridge was blown up in a much publicized event Dec. 28, 2009. After years of neglect along with fingerpointing by residents and businessowners on both sides of the big lake, the structure was finally considered unsafe and demolished.
Officials of the Lake Champlain Bridge planning committee said they hope to model the autumn 2011 celebration after the celebration which christened the first bridge prior to the earthshaking 1929 Stock Market Crash.
The new committee members met at the Crown Point Historic Site Museum, introduced themselves, and planned to hold future meetings at the locale; the meetings are open to private citizens, business owners, and government officials.
The kickoff meeting began with a call for volunteers to help staff event planning subcommittees as well as help create and coordinate various activities.