More Explosions Set To Demolish Bridge Piers

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Explosives will be used today as workers continue to demolish what remains of the Lake Champlain Bridge between New York and Vermont.

Underwater sections of two concrete piers will be blown up today to clear a channel. The superstructure of the bridge was destroyed with controlled explosions in late December, several months after it was closed when engineers deemed it unsafe.

The bridge between Crown Point, New York and West Addison, Vermont, was a crucial link for commerce in the area. Construction on a new span is scheduled to begin later in the spring.

Transportation officials say that if the piers can’t be blown up Friday, they’ll try on Saturday. Ferry service at the site will be briefly suspended during the work.

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