The icy Adirondack winter has pushed back the demolition of the Crown Point Bridge by five days.
The implosion, originally scheduled for today, is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 28, according to a press release from the state Department of Transportation. Ice on Lake Champlain, bitter cold and high winds have delayed preparation work for the implosion, the release says.
Previously scheduled road closures around the bridge will now take effect on Dec. 27 and 28. There will be a public viewing area at the boat launch in Port Henry; an alternate viewing location is Bulwagga Bay Park in Moriah, but there are no public toilets there. The implosion will also be broadcast online.
The 80-year-old bridge between Crown Point and Chimney Point, Vt. was closed on Oct. 16 due to cracks in the bridge's cement supports that threatened its structural integrity. Construction of a new bridge is expected to begin in spring 2010, and it should open to traffic in summer 2011.