first_imgVermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Secretary David Dill and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Acting Commissioner Stanley Gee today announced that the second ferry slips at the Lake Champlain Ferry between Crown Point, NY, and Addison, VT, have been completed and are open for service.  Additionally, the states have lifted the temporary weight and axle vehicle restrictions imposed when the new temporary ferry opened earlier this month.“Allowing heavy vehicles such as trucks to use the temporary ferry allows the flow of commerce between Vermont and New York to return to its normal patterns,” VTrans Secretary Dill said. “Truckers can now use the ferry in the same capacity they used the bridge, which means shipping companies no longer have to bare additional expenses to transport their goods.”“The completion of the second slip of the temporary ferry at Crown Point will enable us to provide better and even more efficient ferry service between New York and Vermont,” Acting Commissioner Gee said.  “In addition, both states are lifting the weight restrictions on vehicles using the ferry which will greatly reduce the travel time for larger commercial and farming vehicles traveling across the lake. We are pleased to restore a critical link for economic activity in this region as well as for the general public who count on this ferry as their connection between our states.”Two boats have been operating as part of the free ferry service since early February.  Opening a second slip for vehicles to board and disembark the boat increases ferry efficiency, and provides a backup for mooring a ferry boat in the event that one needs service. For the ferry’s first few weeks of operation, a two-axle, 15-ton weight limit was in place for all vehicles. This temporary restriction has been lifted to allow standard-weight vehicles up to 40 tons and with multiple axles, within the states’ respective legal limits. The states are in the process of changing signage to reflect this change that the ferry is now un-posted for weight.The temporary ferry, operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Company (LCTC), will run continuously 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year until the new bridge is opened, in accordance with LCTC operational policies. The ferry departs Vermont on the hour and half-hour, and New York on the quarter hour and three-quarter hour.The Crown Point ferry crossing takes about 15 minutes, which includes boarding and disembarking the boat. This rapid lake crossing, located a few hundred feet south of the former Lake Champlain Bridge, cuts commuting time between Vermont and New York drastically, and has reestablish commerce and emergency services along the corridor.Continuous operation of the ferry boats throughout the day prevents ice from forming in the vicinity of the ferry route and former Lake Champlain Bridge.  No one knows how far adjacent regions of ice on the lake will be affected, but ferry traffic certainly weakens those areas.  The unstable ice conditions make transit across the ice and recreational activities on the ice more dangerous than in previous years and people should use extreme caution when on or near the ice.Source: VTrans. 2.26.2010Please visit www.lcbclosure.org(link is external) or www.ferries.com(link is external) for the most current and up-to-date information about the ferry and progress on the new Lake Champlain Bridge.  Truckers are also urged to refer to ferries.com for information and restrictions regarding transporting HAZMATS via the ferry service.last_img read more

first_imgMarketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.  Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; “Don’t let Ebola put you out of business.“Let’s be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that “Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death. Don’t hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.”Control the children who  remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.”It’s better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola.  That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.”We’re partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone.  We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia,” Naiwah asserted.FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia’s 15 political subdivisions  presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as “arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola.”Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as “a  positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus.””A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed,” Madam Davis said.She pledged her women’s organization’s fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging,  “The materials will be used for the intended purpose.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more