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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. When does the drawbridge operate and how many cars use it?

The drawbridge will begin service on May 16th, 2016 and runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day until Oct. 15th.
It sees about 3000 cars pass through daily during the off-season with that number doubling during the summer
and fall months.


2. What are the bridge alternatives being considered?

Rehabilitation of the existing drawbridge or replacement of the existing bridge with a new drawbridge, either on the existing alignment or on a new adjacent alignment.


3. When is the bid advertisement for this project?

Bid advertisement is currently planned for 2017.


4. Is this the only drawbridge in Vermont?

There are actually 3 drawbridges in Vermont. The North Hero-Grand Isle drawbridge is the only drawbridge in the highway system. The other two are railroad bridges: (1) A turntable in Alburgh-Swanton that is operable and
(2) A rail drawbridge in the Burlington rail yard that is welded shut.


5. What happens once the Scoping Report is complete?

Once the Scoping Report is complete and a preferred alternative has been identified, the project moves on to the development of Conceptual Plans. These plans include basic design, alignment, and any special features. These plans are used for environmental studies and documentation.


6. Was work recently completed on the bridge?

There was an extensive rehabilitation completed in 1996 and additional repairs were
conducted in 2007.