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NYSDOT: Cracks on Lake Champlain Bridge Routine

Wed February 29, 2012 - Northeast Edition
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NYDOT officials have indicated the hairline cracks on the pillars of the new span are normal for newly poured concrete.
NYDOT officials have indicated the hairline cracks on the pillars of the new span are normal for newly poured concrete.

CROWN POINT, N.Y. (AP) The new $76 million bridge over Lake Champlain has cracks in the concrete on the span’s support pillars, but New York transportation officials say there’s nothing to be concerned about.

The Lake Champlain Bridge connecting Crown Point and Addison, Vt., opened last November. It replaced an 80-year-old bridge that had been closed in October 2009 when it was deemed to be structurally unsound.

The old bridge was closed when inspectors found cracks in the concrete pillars.

New York State Department of Transportation officials told the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh that the hairline cracks on the pillars of the new span were anticipated and are normal for newly poured concrete.

The bridge opened Nov. 7.

DOT officials say the cracks don’t need to be repaired.