ROSEVILLE, Minn. -- The Stillwater Lift Bridge will be reduced to one lane of traffic Monday, Aug. 27, through Wednesday Aug 29, while an assessment is made on its condition. The restrictions will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily weather permitting.
In addition, a below-deck assessment from a barge will take place later in the week but will not affect traffic. Boat traffic will not be impacted by the assessment.
Flaggers will direct traffic on the bridge during the lane closure. Motorists are encouraged to use the Interstate 94 Hudson Bridge or the Highway 243-Osceola Bridge as alternate river crossings during this lane restriction.
Mn/DOT completed its annual bridge inspection of the Stillwater Lift Bridge in spring 2007 and the inspection report did not indicate any structural issues. The Stillwater Lift Bridge received a $5 million structural repair in 2005.
This assessment is part of the Stillwater Lift Bridge mitigation item for the St. Croix River Crossing Project. This mitigation item includes developing a long-term Lift Bridge Management Plan and a future repair project. This mitigation item is a key stipulation in the 2006 Memorandum of Agreement which addressed project impacts on historic properties and specifically the lift bridge. Traffic will continue to use the lift bridge until a new bridge is built and then the bridge will be converted to a pedestrian/bicycle use.
Timing for the new bridge’s construction has not yet been determined and is contingent on project funding.
More information on this Lift Bridge mitigation item is available at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/liftbridge/ or by calling Mn/DOT project representatives Todd Clarkowski at 651/234-7714 or Bee Thao at 651/234-7665.
Mn/DOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN in work zones and NEVER enter a roadway that has been blocked with barriers or cones. Please join us in a safety partnership. For statewide traffic, construction and travel information visit www.511mn.org or call 511 or log onto www.mndot.gov