STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — Commuters moving back and forth through the eastern Twin Cities metro area will have one reason to breathe easier this holiday weekend.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

The bridge was closed to traffic on June 23 because of high water on the St. Croix River. Flooding forced the Minnesota Department of Transportation to order Stillwater officials to close the span, which connects Minnesota Highway 36 and Wisconsin Highway 64.

About 18,000 people a day are estimated to use the bridge. It was built in 1931, though it underwent a rehabilitation in late 2012.

The bridge will resume its normal lift schedule until the evening of July 4, when it is set to remain in the down position at 10:30 and 11 p.m. to accommodate an expected traffic increase following Independence Day celebrations.

There are still a number of other road closures throughout the state of Minnesota owing to June’s flooding. You can see the latest list of closures here.


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