Lake Champlain Bridge, Crown Point, NY Demolition
Video link posted by Ed Hollowell
Although I have been in Kansas City MO for 20 years, I still keep an eye on Vermont. It is too bad this bridge could not be saved. Visually it reminded me of the Chouteau Bridge here in KC that spanned the Missouri River which was demolished in 2001. Hopefully, the replacement bridge will fit in with this area's scenic beauty.
I find it hard to believe a modern bridge would be anywhere near as scenic as the historic bridge, given the intricate geometric art created by the detail in a historic truss bridge. While the overall shape of the new bridge may seem appealing at first, it will look very plain up close.
Also, the modern bridge will not blend in with the historic sites surrounding it as well as the historic bridge did.
This is a loss, not a gain for the area. I am greatly saddened that as of this posting, it appears that none of the pontists out there (myself included) made it to this remote bridge in time.
I usually try to refrain from heavily advertising my own website on this website, but anyone looking for info and photos on this bridge may be interested to see my page, which includes photos (from NYSDOT and various sources), my discussion for the bridge, and the big feature: original plans for the historic bridge, courtesy of NYSDOT:
With this bridge dynamited, I hope the new structure, a network tied arch design, looks as scenic. I pray it is well taken care of. The new bridge proposed, as I seen in recent online pictures, to me looks as scenic, if not better. I am pleased that Lake Champlain area people did NOT choose the UCEB designs.
This bridge cannot be repaired, will have to be demolished.