WCCO EYE4 LOGO WCCO Radio wcco-eye-red01, ww color red

Local

MnDOT Ready To Roll On New St. Croix River Bridge

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Today's Most Popular Video
  1. 4 Things To Know For July 25, 2014
  2. 4-Vehicle Crash On 35W In Roseville Stalls Morning Commute
  3. A Car That Drives Itself?
  4. Knoblauch Accused Of Assault On Ex-Wife
  5. Goin’ To The Lake: Amelia & Angela Camp In The BWCA

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — If Congress approves this fall, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says it’s ready to begin work immediately on a new St. Croix River bridge south of Stillwater.

MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press his agency is closely watching developments in Washington. He says a Sept. 30 deadline could be extended if progress continues.

The $690 million project requires an exemption from the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., have both introduced legislation to grant it, and they express optimism. MnDOT officials say $363 million in state and federal funds are at risk if the legislation fails.

The new bridge would replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge to divert traffic from Stillwater’s historic downtown and accommodate growth in western Wisconsin.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus