St. Croix Bridge Legislation Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCCO) — President Barack Obama signed the St. Croix bridge project into law, the White House announced Wednesday.

The “St. Croix River Crossing Project Authorization Act” was drafted by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and was cosponsored by Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI), Al Franken, (D-MN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI). It was also sponsored by U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Ron Kind (D-WI), Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Sean Duffy (R-WI).

The $700 million project will replace the aging Stillwater lift bridge with a four-lane highway connecting Oak Park Heights and St. Joseph, Wis.

“After 30 years of debate and delay, we finally got it done,” said Klobuchar. “This is a victory for the residents and businesses along the St. Croix River Valley who have waited long enough for a safe, new bridge.”

The legislation was also supported by both Minnesota and Wisconsin governors.

  • Ted

    Practical realists : 1 Delusional environmentalists : 0

    Wonder if McCollum will continue with her misplaced opposition to it in the face of clearly bipartisan support . What I find ironic about it is that she’s the Democrat and she’s objecting to spending the money. What a world, what a world.

  • Jim

    Ms McCollum is too busy asking for more dollars for her cross town trolley. Then, when the ridership is unable to support it, she will be seeking increased subsidies. Never mind that buses can be moved from route to route depending on ridership – she insists that we have to replace the streetcars that were removed in the 1950s with overpriced and rigid transportation that is currently killing businesses along the route. The bridge cannot be started too soon.

  • Best3800

    Where are the Obama bashers for signing this bill. McCollum wants to be fiscally responsible and Bachmann wants to spend big bucks! Whats wrong with this picture? So it seems spending is OK as long as it’s for something in your neighborhood!

    • scott

      Best3800, We all seem to be a hypocrite some day, don’t we? I mean, you’re right. When it comes to “Me”, I don’t have a problem with somethings I would have a problem with for “you”. Short sighted and selfish guess.

  • Jim

    My original post/point was, Ms McCollum has no problem spending money. This bridge was first proposed in 1952, when I was 5 years old. Now, 60 years later it is finally going to happen. I’m sure it would have been much less expensive in 1952, 1960, 1970, 1980,1990 or 2000. Government baloney and intervention by a myriad of groups held it off. Now that it is going to be built, we’ll be saving money. How? Well, it certainly woudn’t be any less expensive in another 10 years.

  • Rube

    fiscally responsible democrat – what an oxymoron


    Now it’s time to sue the Searra club for about 200 mill that it added to the cost of the bridge if it was built 10-15 years ago. I’m sure there members would be happy to kick in the dough.

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