As first reported this week by Denton Publications/New Market Press newspapers, the Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) has made the difficult decision to postpone the celebration activities recognizing the re-opening of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Originally scheduled for Oct. 15-16, the new date has been set for May 19-20, 2012.
The original target opening date for the bridge of Oct. 9, has been removed from New York State Department of Transportation’s (NYSDOT) website and current news updates. Attempts by the news media to press NYSDOT for a revised opening date have been unsuccessful. “It is difficult to plan and execute a celebration of this magnitude when the opening date of the new bridge is an unknown,” said Karen Hennessy, LCBC co-chairperson.
While disappointed with the date change, LCBC officials said they will "turn lemons into lemonade".” “We now have more time to dedicate to fundraising and planning for a truly Grand Celebration,” Hennessy said.