MnDOT Ready To Roll On New St. Croix River Bridge

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.

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  1. Amen, and Amen says:

    Finally. The new bridge won’t happen soon enough.

  2. Darren says:

    Since when is MNDOT ready to do anything?

  3. jeff says:

    i don’t see what the big deal is. can we please just get this thing built?

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