ADDISON — Residents and commuters stranded by the Champlain Bridge closing may soon have an alternative way to cross Lake Champlain: a pedestrian ferry.
That's part of the latest update concerning the bridge closing. In other news on the bridge front, a new Web site is being developed to post daily updates from the New York and Vermont departments of transportation.
According to the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, the Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh will provide a pedestrian ferry service from the docks at its resort to Westport, New York. Transportation for New York residents to the Westport Marina is being managed by Essex County Transportation. A schedule will be available on Oct. 22. Addison County Transit Resources will provide two shuttle busses to transport passengers to Vergennes with stops at Country Home Products and Northland Job Corps. The ferry will depart Westport at 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and 8 am. Return trips will leave Basin Harbor at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost for a round trip is $8; there is no charge for the ACTR shuttle into Vergennes. Commuters who need transportation beyond Vergennes will need to connect with a regularly scheduled ACTR bus.
A Web site to host daily updates can be found at www.crownpointbridgeupdates.com. The site is being managed by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and will be updated regularly as more information becomes available. Daily updates have been requested from VTrans and NYSDOT and will be posted on this site.