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Burlington-Port Kent Bridge



Interstate 189 abruptly ends in Burlington, Vermont at U.S. Route 7. Abandoned overpasses, ramps, and unused roadway stubs remain visible - curving northward towards downtown Burlington before terminating at Home Avenue. These unused roadway stubs were intended for an extension of Interstate 189 across the Lake to New York, which would have been known as the "Champlain Parkway". The bridge would have connected to Port Kent, New York on the west side of Lake Champlain and would have tied into the current New York State Route 373. The Parkway would have continued west at least to U.S. Route 9, and possibly to the Adirondack Northway (Interstate 87).

The Burlington-Port Kent Bridge was first proposed in the mid-1960s to add an additional crossing of Lake Champlain besides the Crown Point Bridge and the Rouses Point Bridge. However, the project was embroiled in controversy from the beginning, and was cancelled by 1990. Following the cancellation of the bridge, a proposal to bring Interstate 189 directly into downtown Burlington utilizing some of the stubs that had been built for the bridge approach was studied, but this too was ultimately cancelled.

The route of the proposed bridge is now served by a ferry service, which operates at all times except during the winter when the Lake is frozen.


Bridge over Lake Champlain on Interstate 189 (Champlain Parkway)
Chittenden County, Vermont
Never built
First proposed in the mid 1960s; Cancelled by 1990 and replaced with ferry service
Exact design unknown, but likely a long-span type such as cantilevered truss, through arch, or suspension
Also called
Champlain Parkway Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.50091, -73.30707   (decimal degrees)
44°30'03" N, 73°18'25" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/634582/4928903 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 90305 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 18, 2020: Added by Nick Boppel


  • Nick Boppel - nickboppel01 [at] gmail [dot] com