Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bridge Closure Hurts Paper Plant

It's taking some folks a long time to get home from work what with the Crown Point Bridge being closed for a week now. For instance, people at the International Paper Plant in Ticonderoga New York tell that depending on the traffic at the ferry, it would take from 20 minutes to an hour and a half longer to get to work. That's from Dean Messner who's a Power and Utilities Manager at the plant who lives in Middlebury. Many at the paper plant say they're on call so they need to get to the plant no matter what. Robert Knippler is a project engineer who also lives in Middlebury. He said quote -- "If it's after hours, after the ferry goes down, it's quite a lengthy ride." The mill itself is being hurt by the bridge closure since it gets wood from Vermont and drivers have to go farther out of their way to get the wood to the plant.