A new, temporary ferry service near the site of the demolished Lake Champlain Bridge will begin operating in the next few days.
New York Governor David Paterson and Vermont Transportation Secretary David Dill will make the announcement this afternoon on the New York side of the lake.
Construction of the ferry landings has been underway for months. The historic bridge connecting Crown Point, New York and West Addison, Vermont was closed in October after it was deemed unsafe. It was imploded in December.
3,400 daily commuters depended on the bridge, and they’re currently using the Charlotte-Essex ferry or taking a nearly 100-mile detour through Whitehall, New York. The temporary ferry service will run 24-hours per day and will shut down when a new bridge opens in 2011.