Lakes to Locks Passage is set to host a public informational meeting for the Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements Project on Thursday, July 18, 2019, from 4 to 7 pm, at the Crown Point State Historic Site Pavilion.
This is an opportunity for the public to attend an open-house style informational meeting. There will be multiple displays of project information and the draft design approval document presenting the proposed project. There will also an opportunity to provide input and written comments.
Originally called, Pointe à la Chevelure, Crown Point is located at a narrow point of Lake Champlain. French settlers established Fort Saint-Frédéric in 1731, later destroyed to keep it from falling into the hands of British. In 1759, the British built Fort Crown Point, said to have been the largest earthen British colonial fort. During the American Revolutionary War’s Saratoga Campaign in 1777, British General John Burgoyne used it as a supply depot to support the attack on Fort Ticonderoga. The Town of Crown Point was established in 1788 before the formation of Essex County, many settlers from Vermont began arriving around 1800.
The goal of the Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements Project is to better align the roadway features with the surrounding characteristics and cultural setting. It’s hoped the project will enhance the sense of place and awareness to the environmental, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of the Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point Campground & Day Use Area, and the Champlain Bridge.
The existing roadway has wide shoulders and travel lane widths, and a quick transition in posted speed. The traffic calming measures, and landscaping features proposed in this project aim to integrate this portion of NYS Route 185 with the recreational and culturally sensitive surrounding area.
A report about the project is available online [pdf].
Map of Champlain Bridge Roadway Improvements provided; Crown Point Bridge over Lake Champlain by John Warren.
A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.
Paul Huey says
Adverse impact on the Light Infantry Redoubt site must be avoided.
In the 1960s when the highway was relocated, a great many historical artifacts were revealed where the highway makes a broad curve. In addition, this portion of the new highway passed through the site of the British brickyard of 1759. Unfortunately and tragically, no archeological work was conducted.
Before the highway was relocated in the 1960s, just as the construction commenced, a very significant colonial house site was revealed just southwest of the former bridgekeeper’s house. There was, at this location, a telephone booth. Probably pre-construction maps of the 1960s, or telephone company records, will reveal the exact location.
Glen Buell says
I’d like to know why Christina Minkler, Lakes to Locks passage, and the NYSDOT won’t respond to my inquiry about the proposed changes leading up to the Crown Point bridge? The lanes on the new bridge were intentionally widened to accommodate over sized vehicles such as farm equipment. The above mentioned want to make the shoulders of the road narrower leading up to the bridge and/or put a median in the road. This makes about as much sense as spending 1 million dollars to paint the old bridge in the summer of 2009 only to declare it unsafe in the fall of 2009 and demolish it in the winter of 2009. When are there going to be additional public meetings and/or hearings regarding these proposed changes?
John Warren says
You’re a bit late. Try contacting the Town of Crown Point supervisor.