Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge Conversion

Between Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River

Stillwater Lift Bridge


An open house hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard was held April 16, 2014 about a proposed schedule change to the Stillwater Lift Bridge (PDF, 221 KB, 1 page)

If you would like to make a comment in regards to the proposed schedule change but were unable to attend please email eric.washburn@uscg.mil or send a letter to:

Commander (dwb)
Eighth Coast Guard District
1222 Spruce Street, Room 2.107F
St. Louis, Missouri 63103-2832

Traffic impacts

Vehicle traffic that currently travels on the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be transferred to the new St. Croix Crossing bridge in the fall of 2016. At that time, the Stillwater Lift Bridge will be converted to a bicycle/pedestrian facility.

River traffic impacts:

Efforts will be made to minimize impacts to river traffic by scheduling work both outside of the navigation season and within the navigation season.

About this project

Summary of work

Starting in fall 2016, Historic Stillwater Lift Bridge spanning the St. Croix River will undergo a transformation into a bicycle/pedestrian facility. This conversion project is part of the St. Croix Crossing Project. The converted lift bridge will also become part of a 5-mile “loop trail” system connecting the new river crossing bridge up with the historic bridge. The Lift Bridge will still operate to accommodate boat navigation. 

  • Repair steel connections
  • Restore mechanical and electrical components
  • Repair concrete railings
  • Reconstruct concourse
  • Paint lift bridge


  • $12 million