Ferry At Crown Point Bridge Site Set To Start

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Gov. David Paterson says a new Lake Champlain ferry linking Vermont and New York near the site of a demolished bridge will be operational by the end of January.

Paterson said Wednesday that the temporary service between Crown Point and Addison, Vt. will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Crossing is expected to take 15 minutes.

Paterson also announced that the Essex County Industrial Development Agency will manage a $635,000 loan fund for businesses affected by the bridge closure.

The 80-year-old Lake Champlain Bridge was closed in October after being deemed unsafe and was demolished with explosives last month.

Construction on a new bridge is to begin this spring, with completion in 2011.

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