Stillwater Lift Bridge to close later this year for repairs

With a proposed replacement bridge over the St. Croix River moving forward in Washington, MnDOT is planning work on the existing span.

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge will close for repairs from Sept. 10 through the end of the year. MnDOT says workers will paint and repair steel connections, electrical systems and concrete on the project, which is estimated to cost $3.6 million.

When (if?) a new river bridge goes up, the Lift Bridge will be converted into a bicycle and pedestrian facility as part of a looped trail system connecting both bridges.

Opponents of the proposed almost $700 million four-lane bridge over the St. Croix are calling for a smaller, cheaper span.

MnDOT is hosting an open house about the project from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at Stillwater City Hall.