Minn. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) announced today that the opening of the Stillwater Lift Bridge may be delayed until November 7 due to record rains and unusually high water in the St. Croix River. Mn/DOT is working with the Coast Guard and monitoring water levels closely.
The delay is directly related to the inability to replace the bridge span that was removed to allow boat traffic to travel upstream and downstream while the bridge was being repaired. The unusually high water prevents the replacing of the bridge span and the subsequent reconstruction of the bridge deck.
In addition, the original plan included having the lift bridge operational by October 16, however due to manufacturing problems with parts of the mechanical system the lift mechanism will not be operational until late 2005. Therefore Mn/DOT will not reinstate the lift schedule until spring 2006 when the St. Croix navigational channel reopens.
Mn/DOT assures the traveling public that the roadway portion of the project will be open to motorists by November 7 unless there is additional significant rainfall or other weather related issues.
Motorists are encouraged to continue using the I-94 river crossing in Hudson, Wisconsin.
Additional information is available at www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/liftbridge/status.html