Lake Champlain Bridge Designer to Keynote Weekend Grand Re-opening Celebration

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HNTB’s Ted Zoli designed the bridge connecting communities in New York and Vermont.

When the bridge closed unexpectedly in 2009, Zoli and his team designed a replacement structure in just 10 weeks.

Ted Zoli, PE, HNTB national bridge chief engineer, will deliver the keynote address to kick off the Grand Celebration to re-open Lake Champlain Bridge at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Crown Point State Historic Site in New York.

When Lake Champlain Bridge closed unexpectedly in 2009, Zoli, a Glens Falls, N.Y., native, and his team designed a replacement structure in just 10 weeks. The process involved unprecedented integration of and cooperation among New York and Vermont state agencies, 40 historic consulting groups, two federal jurisdictions, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the public.

Zoli's design, a modified network tied arch main span, is supported by triangular rigid frame elements at each end of the arch. Lake Champlain Bridge was built by Flatiron Construction Corp. in record time and opened to traffic in November 2011. The New York State Department of Transportation and Vermont Agency of Transportation are co-lead agencies.

In April, Zoli was named Engineering News-Record’s Award of Excellence winner for 2012, and he is the first structural engineer to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, commonly referred to as a "genius grant."

New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald presented an "evergreen" award to the Lake Champlain Bridge project in April in the state's first-in-the-nation Green Leadership in Transportation and Environmental Sustainability (GreenLITES) program.

A schedule of events for the weekend celebration, May 19-20, 2012, is available at

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