CROWN POINT u Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon for the opening of the Lake Champlain bridge.
The bridge was scheduled to open Oct. 9, but construction delays caused the Department of Transportation to postpone the event.
The Lake Champlain Bridge Community, a Transportation Department-sanctioned organization in charge of hosting the opening ceremonies and activities, pushed bridge-opening festivities to the spring after not receiving specific dates and information from Transportation Department.
The roughly $70 million project replaced an 80-year-old bridge that was demolished in 2009 after structural issues were found.
The Lake Champlain Bridge Coalition, a grassroots organization, broke the news Thursday on Facebook, citing the Vermont governor's office for help in keeping its members aware of developments.
"The opening of a new bridge over Lake Champlain is great news for residents and businesses in the North Country who depend upon this bridge and have been inconvenienced by its closure," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Thursday night.
Cuomo added that the bridge was estimated to take eight years to rebuild, but was finished far earlier.