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Lake Champlain bridge set for final lift

The final section of New York State’s new Lake Champlain bridge will be lifted into place at sunrise local time tomorrow, the state’s Department of Transportation said yesterday.

Lifting of the central arch will be viewable by members of the public and on the site’s webcam, although the operation could be postponed if there are high winds or lightning.

The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry, in the north east of the state, to the bridge site over a two to four hour period. The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours.

The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured. Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period.

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