Stillwater Lift Bridge Reopens After Electrical Outage, But More Repairs Needed

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Stillwater Lift Bridge is reopened Wednesday morning after being closed all of Tuesday night.

MnDOT said around 1 p.m. the bridge, which spans the St. Croix River along the Minnesota-Wisconsin border, got stuck in the up position due to an electrical malfunction. The outage caused the bridge to remain closed throughout the evening commute.

Crews were able to restore power to the bridge before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, but after workers lowered the bridge and attempted to lift it again, it got stuck halfway up.

Crews then spent most of the night working on it after it got stuck again. Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, they were able to reopen the bridge.

Traffic shouldn’t be impacted Wednesday.

The bridge will again be temporarily closed between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday to replace a malfunctioning electrical cable that provides electricity to raise and lower lift span.

Motorists are encouraged use Highway 243 at Osceola, Wis. or the Interstate 94 bridge at Hudson, Wis. to bypass the bridge.

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