In the aftermath of the closing and destruction of the Champlain Bridge, Gov. David Paterson will travel Wednesday to Crown Point to announce the opening of a temporary, state-subsidized ferry.
The ferry will be located just south of where the Lake Champlain Bridge stood, with access off Bridge Road, and will be free to riders.
The Lake Champlain Ferry Transportation Co. will operate the new ferry. Operations Manager Heather Stewart said the ferry will be able to hold 50 cars at a time.
A date when the ferry will open has not been announced, but the New York Department of Transportation announced earlier that it aimed to open the temporary ferry no later than Jan 31.
DOT spokeswoman Deborah Sturm Rausch said the ferry is an ice-cutting ferry and will be used year-round until a new bridge is built.