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2013 Environmental Excellence Awards

Cultural and Historical Resources

Project Title

Lake Champlain Bridge: Preserving Cultural Heritage

Agencies Awarded

Clough, Harbour & Associates LLP

  • Dale Gozalkowski

Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

  • Jill Barrett, Ruth Fitzgerald, Deborah Hoffman, Howard Latimer
  • Consultant Subcontractors (under Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.):
    • Mountain Lakes PBS: Aubrey Bresset, Dan Swinton
    • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Joanne Dennis, Adam Kane
    • HNTB Corporation Theodore Zoli
  • New York State Department of Transportation
    • Richard Ambuske, Andrea Becker, James Bridges, James Boni, Stanley Gee, Mary Ivey, Joan McDonald, Tanya Thorne

Vermont Agency of Transportation

  • Jim Bush, David Dill, Brennan Gauthier, Glen Gingras, Mike Hedges, Danny Landry, Sue Minter, John Narowski, Scott Newman, Kaitlin O'Shea, Jen Russell, Brian Searles, Chris Slesar, Richard Tetreault
  • Consultant Subcontractor
    • Parsons Brinckerhoff: George Brehm

Project Contributors

Adirondack Park Agency

  • Terry Martino, Thomas Saehrig

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

  • John Fowler

Federal Highway Administration, New York Division

  • John Burns, Michael Davies, Robert Davies, Omar Elkassed, John Mondillo

Federal Highway Administration, Vermont Division

  • Larry Dwyer, Matthew Hake, Todd Kimball, Mark Richter, Kenneth Sikora

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

  • Robert Stegemann, Richard Wagner

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

  • Alane Ball Chinian, Thomas Hughes, Audrey Nieson, Ruth Pierpont

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District

  • Martha Abair, Jennifer McCarthy

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

  • George Casey, Christine Delorier, Amy L. Gitchell

U.S. Coast Guard

  • Gary Kassof

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

  • Steve Hanna, Deb Markowitz, Ed O'Leary, Mike Wichrowski

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

  • Judith Ehrlich, Giovanna Peebles

University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program

  • Dr. John G. Crock, Kate Kenny

The Lake Champlain Bridge, bordering New York and Vermont, is a highly visible local landmark and a sterling example of early 20th-century engineering. The New York State Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and other project partners saw replacing the bridge as an opportunity to enhance an understanding of regional heritage while protecting the cultural value of the original bridge. They successfully preserved the historical and cultural significance of this local landmark through an innovative approach that included conducting archaeological reconnaissance and monitoring, protecting underground cultural artifacts through state-of-the-practice foundation techniques, and completing two programmatic agreements with the States' Historic Preservation Offices to facilitate the Section 106 process.

Throughout the bridge replacement work, the project partners were exceptionally sensitive to the significant local support for the original bridge and to its aesthetic merits. The project's use of visualization tools ensured that the new, wider bridge would have no additional visual impacts to the adjacent landscape. Finally, the project's commemoration program, which includes a resource guide, filmed oral history accounts, a documentary film, a popular history booklet and interpretive displays, has boosted the appeal of several local historic sites and garnered considerable positive attention from stakeholders. The project's innovative construction practices and elaborate commemoration program exemplify commitment to the preservation of local cultural and historical resources.

Photo of a worker in an orange vest and hard hat at a dig site.
The Lake Champlain Bridge Project included archaeological reconnaissance and monitoring to locate and identify historical and cultural resources near the project site.
Photo: University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program

Updated: 07/23/2013
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