Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 36, St. Croix Crossing


About the project

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This major project will replace the 80-year-old Stillwater Lift Bridge with a new four-lane bridge that will connect expressways on both sides of the St. Croix River.

Currently, severe traffic congestion in downtown Stillwater causes pedestrian and traffic safety problems, which are amplified by Lift Bridge operations. The St. Croix Crossing project will provide a safer, more reliable river crossing.

The project includes a four-lane river bridge, new roadway approaches on both sides of the river, historic and environmental mitigation, and extensive trail facilities that will include converting the Lift Bridge to a bike and pedestrian facility. The project will provide jobs for suppliers and subcontractors, disadvantaged business enterprises, as well as general contractors.

MnDOT is the lead agency on this project and is coordinating with WisDOT. The cost of the bridge, historic and environmental remediation, and project development are split evenly between the states. The cost of the Wisconsin and Minnesota approach roads will be paid for by the respective states. The current total project cost estimate includes construction, right of way, environmental protection and remediation, contingency, bonds and insurance, engineering and management.

Project benefits

The project has been developed to protect and/or minimize impacts to the extensive historic and natural resources of the area. It balances community needs and improves quality of life for the region, providing a sustainable solution for future generations by:

  • Improving traffic safety and easing congestion in the St. Croix Valley
  • Creating jobs and helping interstate commerce
  • Protecting historic and scenic sites
  • Preserving the historic Lift Bridge for use by bicyclists and pedestrians

Project website: www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/