Governors break ground for new Champlain Bridge, ferry to keep running

first_imgVermont Governor Jim Douglas and New York State Governor David A. Paterson today broke ground on a new Lake Champlain Bridge spanning the lake between Crown Point, New York, and Addison, Vermont. The governors were joined at the site of the approach to the former bridge by state and local elected officials, local business leaders and community members to officially kick-off the start of construction of the new bridge. Those who live and work in the area surrounding the Lake Champlain Bridge share family, friends and business relationships on both sides of the lake, Governor Douglas said. The ease and timeliness of transportation across Lake Champlain is critical to their way of life and economy. Everyone involved in this bridge project should be commended for getting us to this point so quickly.    Breaking ground on the new Lake Champlain Bridge is an important step in reconnecting our two states and restoring this critical link for commerce, tourism, employment, education and medical services, Governor Paterson said. I am proud to have worked closely with Governor Douglas to expedite this project, and commend the elected officials, community members and respective transportation officials for their efforts to work together toward a solution. The new bridge will be built at the same location as the previous structure in order to minimize historic and environmental impacts on the surrounding area. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in September 2011.The Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge will be a steel structure with an arch along the center span. Steel used will be treated for enhanced corrosion resistance. Multiple redundancies in the design make this bridge a safe structure that will have at least a 75-year service life. Bridge components are designed to be easily replaceable to reduce maintenance costs. Travel lanes will be 11 feet wide, with five-foot shoulders that will help accommodate larger trucks and farm vehicles, as well as provide ample room for bicyclists. Sidewalks will be built on both sides of the bridge.Flatiron Constructors, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado was awarded the contract to build the new bridge. While Flatiron will bring a core team of approximately a dozen managers, there will be many jobs for local workers with the appropriate qualifications.New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee said: Today signifies progress in reestablishing a permanent transportation link between New York and Vermont across Lake Champlain. During the last eight months, we have listened to the public and worked hard to deliver the design for a beautiful new bridge that pays full respect to both the historic and park setting of the surroundings while working at a record pace. We intend to keep up this pace during the construction of the new bridge.Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary David Dill said: Design of the new bridge started almost immediately once it was determined that the old bridge could not be saved. The effort represents a massive undertaking by Vermont, New York, the federal government and the bridge s architect HNTB to design, engineer and permit the new bridge in only a few short months.The new bridge design was selected following significant outreach through public meetings and an online survey, which found strong community support for replacing the bridge with the Modified Network Tied Arch Bridge. This option was also supported by the bridge s Public Advisory Committee. Public preference was one of many factors considered as New York and Vermont chose the replacement bridge design and played a significant role in the final determination.The former Lake Champlain Bridge was closed last October after significant cracking was found in the structure s support piers and was demolished in December. (see demolition click HERE) New York and Vermont worked quickly to subsidize existing ferry service, and to establish free express bus service between New York and three major employers in Vermont, and shuttle bus service between several New York park-and-ride locations and the ferries.Additionally, a 24-hour, free, temporary ferry was opened in February, drastically cutting commuting time between New York and Vermont and effectively reestablishing commerce and emergency service along the corridor. Located immediately south of the former bridge, the temporary ferry, operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company, will continue to run until the new bridge is opened to traffic.In business since 1947, Flatiron has extensive experience building major interstate bridges all across the United States and in western Canada. The company rebuilt the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following its tragic collapse in 2007. Flatiron has received numerous awards in recent years from some of the largest and most respected trade industries in the United States, including the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Council of Engineering Companies and the American Society of Civil Engineers.Source: Douglas’ office. 6.11.2010###last_img read more

Packers vs. Vikings odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgThe Green Bay Packers (11-3) can wrap up the NFC North with a win over the Minnesota Vikings (10-4) on Monday night. Green Bay beat Minnesota earlier this season and has a better division record to have a leg up in the race for the division title, but the Vikings are playing at home where they are 6-0 thus far in 2019.Both teams have already clinched a spot in the postseason, yet we all know how important home field is in the postseason so Green Bay and Minnesota are both feeling the pressure tonight. Here’s everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Packers in Week 16, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderPackers vs. Vikings odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Minnesota Vikings -5 vs. Green Bay Packers, O/U 47This line has remained steady all week after an initial move in favor of the Vikings. The NFL betting odds initially listed Minnesota as a four-point favorite over Green Bay in this game, but that line quickly rose to Vikings -5 early in the week. There has been a similar move with the total as the original over/under in this game was 45.5 before rising to 47.Packers vs. Vikings all-time seriesAlthough Green Bay has more history than its NFC North rival, the Packers don’t have much of a historical edge against the Vikings in this series. Green Bay is 61-54-3 against Minnesota, and these teams have played some memorable games on Monday night.In 1998, Randy Moss announced his presence to the world with five catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win for the Vikings, but the Packers got revenge two years later when Antonio Freeman made a ludicrous reception off a ball that was thought to be incomplete to beat Green Bay in overtime. The most anticipated game in this series happened 10 years ago though, as Brett Favre and Minnesota hosted Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay in the most highly rated game in cable television history.Three trends to know— The Packers are 6-1 ATS against teams with winning records in 2019.— The under is 7-0 in Green Bay’s last seven games against division opponents.— Minnesota is 36-15-1 ATS at home since 2013.Three things to watchMike Boone has a chance to be a fantasy heroMinnesota’s top two running backs are banged up headed into MNF, so the unheralded Mike Boone could become a fantasy football legend with a strong performance. With Dalvin Cook ruled out already due to a chest injury and Alexander Mattison very questionable due to an ankle issue, Boone is set to be the workhorse back for the Vikings tonight. Boone carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Chargers, and Green Bay is allowing 4.6 YPC and 120.9 YPG on the ground.Will Kirk Cousins bounce back?Kirk Cousins had his worst performance of the season on the road against Green Bay in Week 2. Cousins completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw multiple interceptions for the only time all year in a 21-16 loss to the Packers. That performance was an outlier considering what he has done against the Packers over the course of his career, and Minnesota is hoping to see its franchise quarterback rebound.Aaron Jones could become Green Bay’s second 1,000-yard back this decadeGreen Bay has generally had a tough time running the football since Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre more than a decade ago, but Aaron Jones is having a fine year in 2019. Jones has run for 830 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 4.4 YPC to become the complementary piece that Packers’ fans have wanted since Eddie Lacy left. He has generally been boom or bust though with monster performances against Minnesota, Dallas, Kansas City, Carolina, and Washington, and mediocre numbers in his other nine games. Player to watchAaron Rodgers is not posting the numbers you’d expect on an 11-3 Packers team. Rodgers has thrown for more than 250 yards four times all season, and he hasn’t topped that number since October 27 against Kansas City. He averaged just 6.1 YPA against Minnesota earlier this year, throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a Green Bay win.Packers vs. Vikings predictionMinnesota has been lights out at home this season. Although Cook and Mattison are hurt, Cousins will exploit an overrated Green Bay defense with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, leading the Vikings to their 11th win of the year.Vikings 30, Packers 17last_img read more