Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), a leading engineering, planning, and applied sciences firm, has completed designing and permitting of Vermont’s largest bridge, the Missisquoi Bay Bridge, for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). Construction on this $41.2 million project began this month.Located in Alburg and Swanton, Vermont, the Missisquoi Bay Bridge crosses Lake Champlain and is a gateway to Canada, New York, and other New England States. It is the single largest bridge project in the history of the Vermont Agency of Transportation. At 3,600 feet long, the bridge will require five million pounds of structural steel.In designing and permitting this bridge, VHB solved many environmental issues. In its design, the firm left much of the bridge’s causeway structure for use by a threatened turtle species. VHB also ensured that wetlands and fragile wildlife species in and around the site were not negatively impacted.The project is moving forward this month despite high steel costs. Project contractor Cianbro has put forth a very aggressive timetable that shortens the construction schedule from three years to two. In abbreviating this schedule, Cianbro will mitigate rising materials costs.“The dedication and hard work that have been exhibited from every level of the project team during the past five years has been exemplary. When completed, the bridge will serve the Regional and Vermont needs for years to come,” said VHB Project Manager Chris Baker.Construction of The Missisquoi Bay Bridge project is scheduled for completion in June 2007, with traffic expected on the bridge by the end of 2006.Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) is a 625-person engineering, planning, and applied sciences firm that provides integrated transportation, land development, and environmental services from 13 offices in New England, New Jersey, Virginia, & Florida. Engineering News-Record has ranked VHB #93 of the Top 500 U.S. Design Firms, and among the top 50 U.S. transportation firms. For more information about VHB, visit www.vhb.com(link is external).