Co. Gets 65 Extra Days to Finish N.Y.-Vt. Bridge

Fri March 11, 2011 - Northeast Edition

CROWN POINT, N.Y. (AP) New York state transportation officials have granted the company building the new Lake Champlain Bridge another 65 days to complete the project, if needed.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen said March 3 there were delays while Boulder, Colo.-based Flatiron Construction was drilling footings for bridge piers to support the span that will connect Crown Point and Addison, Vt.

She said plans still call for opening the bridge to traffic by Oct. 9.

Breen said crews struck an unidentified obstruction during the drilling. She said it could have been a piece of the old bridge demolished last December, an old shipwreck or a large rock. Breen said this winter’s severe weather also caused delays.

Breen said the delays could increase the $70 million cost of the project.

The time adjustment was first reported by Vermont Public Radio.