Temporary ferry service across Lake Champlain near the site of a demolished bridge is set to begin today.
State transportation officials say the first ferry as scheduled to leave from Addison, Vt., at 5 this morning, with another ferry set to leave Crown Point, N.Y., at 5:15.
New York Gov. David Paterson said service would be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ferry will leave Vermont on the hour and New York on the quarter hour.
In Vermont, Gov. Jim Douglas and New York Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee were scheduled to be aboard the first ferries this morning.
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.