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.

  • Rick Belko

    I don’t get it. why are people apposed to what is needed? And why the heck do we need to close it down 4 months? And in the winter? Oh the boats that go through is more important than the regular commuters who pay the gas taxes to keep the bridge functioning. Lets just build the new bridge and get it done for the safety of everyone.

  • Walt

    There is one group that has held up the new bridge, The Sierra Club. They have been fighting this for years. We now have two Representatives that are also going against the wishes of the people, 86% of the people want the new bridge. DFL Representative Betty McCollum and DFL Representative Keith Ellison are both opposed to the new bridge. They represent the 4th & 5th districts which are composed Minneapolis, St. Paul, and most of the suburbs. You have to wonder if they represent the constituents or the Sierra Club. It would be hard to believe that all 14% of the people opposed to the new bridge make up a majority of the very large populations in those two districts. All you probably have to do is see how large a contribution the Sierra Club made to their campaigns.

    Who do McCullom and Ellison represent? You or the Sierra Club?