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Champlain connection

Historic gateway faces uncertain future

January 31, 2009
By GEORGE EARL , Enterprise Staff Writer

CROWN POINT - When the Schoharie Bridge collapsed in the spring of 1987, it sent motorists plunging into the icy water of the flooded Schoharie Creek, claiming 10 lives and jolting the state into an intensified bridge safety policy. In the last 20 years, more than half of New York's early truss bridges were demolished. Even with heightened awareness of the importance of preserving the state's architecturally significant crossings, the future of many unique bridges remain uncertain.



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