Dayton, Bachmann Pursue New St. Croix Bridge

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More people are getting involved in the push for a new bridge across the St. Croix River.

Both Gov. Mark Dayton and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann are said to be pursuing the issue.

Dayton plans on touring the Lift Bridge in Stillwater in April.

He said all proposals for a new bridge over the river are open for discussion. The current proposal for a new bridge was squashed when the National Parks Service ruled that the bridge would harm the river’s recreational and scenic values.

Dayton said the problem is three federal agencies, all claiming jurisdiction, who can’t agree on how Minnesota and Wisconsin can proceed.

Meanwhile, Bachmann has introduced a bill in Congress that would exempt a new bridge from federal law.

Since the current bridge proposal was stopped in federal court it needs a congressional act to be resurrected.

A hearing is scheduled in March.

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    Must be a slow week on the national presidential candidate stage. Bachmann is finally showing interest in an important district issue. Something tells me it’s only because Gov. Dayton is involved, and she certainly wouldn’t want to be undermined by someone who actually cares about the problem.

  • Tom

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    I agree with you on that. Im not saying that the bridge does not need to replaced, but this is something she would have fought againest if this bridge was not in her district. If this this bridge was in a democrats district she would be screaming “pork spending”

  • Standup for Our River Life!

    We could turn the little town of Stillwater into prosperous quiet beautiful safe river town for the residence and keep the river’s recreational and scenic values: a place everyone could be proud of! We could keep the laws that protect our town’s river from being exploited by greedy developers so our children can enjoy it too! We could come up with a solution that is less expensive and river friendly to divert some traffic from down town Stillwater; on the other hand, Stillwater residents could let the rich develop it for profit? We could turn it into a fast lane so Wisconsin residence could speed through to access Target, Walmart, McDonalds and other big corporations.

    A new giant 4 lane bridge would turn it into a dirty, noisy truck stop hub with strangers just passing through. I can see billows of dust, the roaring of tucks, the smell of diesel, and loud banging of equipment rain down and echo through the narrow river valley for miles in both directions! All vegetation and gardens would suffer from pollution and acid rain along the river bluffs and towns. Stillwater will not be the kind of place people will want to live or visit :-(.

    • Paul

      i am on the river almost every weekend on my boat, when we beach at one of the islands or stop in at the dock in the Hudson area I really don’t see or smell or anything that you’re talking about coming from the I94 bridge. In fact I usually don’t hear anything. What do you mean about a truck stop hub? They are talking about a bridge. I think that people should only speak about what the bridge proposal actually is and not what they are trying to spin up to get the uninformed all worked up.
      Maybe we should just wait until the old bridge falls down or a pedestrian gets hit by a car walking around downtown Stillwater then maybe you would see it for what it is, not for what it is not.

      Just be real about this.

    • Renae Wesenberg

      A bridge taking the commuter traffic out of downtown Stillwater would make this town a safer, cleaner place for both locals and tourists who want to enjoy downtown. Have you ever been trying to get somewhere downtown at rush hour when the lift bridge goes up? The gridlock is as bad as a major metropolitan area.


    Ms. Bachmann. Can we Minnesotans ask your opinion on $700 million+ in tax payer’s money for the NFL (private profitable entity) VS. $200 million in funding for healthcare for Minnesotans ?

  • never have voted and never will

    what happend to miss anti government spending tea partier??

    • Paul

      If you have never voted then why are you commenting ?

  • Brian

    Thanks for your valuable insight.
    The rest of you need to get a clue.

  • Kally

    We need a new bridge so Dems in Wisconsin can come to Minnesota the next time they run away. We could use the hotel and meal tax money they generate. PS. I voted in every election since I was 18 starting with JC.

  • Kevin

    She is a babe…..

  • Protect our National Riverway!

    “Bachmann has introduced a bill in Congress that would exempt a new bridge from federal law.”

    I am concerned for the St.Croix National Riverway! Will this end the laws that keep our river protected? Sounds like it to me!

  • Murph

    Bridges can be scenic.They also can ease traffic congestion,car emissions and aid in getting help to people in trouble, not to mention going to work and lowering the mileage and amount of insanely overpriced gasoline people burn to go around! Gasoline is traded as a commodity! So why not t shirts?.Obviosly this is another political gift to big oil! Get rid of it,it is killing America! Manufactured stuff like gasoline is not what commodity markets are about.Somebody snuck this one in there,who was it?

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