ADDISON - Construction is likely to start the week before Thanksgiving on a new Lake Champlain ferry crossing between Vermont and New York. The ferry will replace the now-closed Lake Champlain Bridge between Addison and Crown Point.
The 80-year-old bridge was closed last month after it was deemed on the verge of collapse. It is scheduled for demolition before the end of the year.
John Zicconi of the Vermont Transportation Agency said a construction team will build access roads to the edge of the lake. When that phase is completed, "the in-lake portion" of the ferry project will commence.
According to Zicconi, state and federal permiting is on the fast track and must be in place before the project begins.
The two states are hoping a ferry can replace the bridge until a new one can be built.
No opening date for the new ferry has been determined.