St. Croix Crossing – a shared project between Minnesota and Wisconsin DOTs has been one of the more high profiled ones and maybe its $580 to $646 million price tag has a little something to do with it.
Once completed, the bridge will provide a connection between the two states replacing the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge (Hwy 36). The current Lift Bridge, connects the two states and goes through the historic Stillwater downtown, often causing traffic congestion and gridlock and has for some time been deemed “structurally deficient”. It is expected that the old Lift Bridge will in the future solely serve the purpose of non-morotized transportation and will carry bicycle and pedestrian traffic as part of the Loop Trail system, while the new bridge will also provide pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
Some of the benefits of the new bridge are described to provide:
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