Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge

Between Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River

Join us!

Join us at an open house to learn about plans to transform the Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge into a bicycle/pedestrian destination. The informal Open House will be held Thu, July 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Stillwater City Hall, 216 4th St. N, Stillwater.

Traffic impacts

Current

The lift bridge has reopened as of 4:30a.m. Thu, June 29. The normal lift schedule has resumed.

Lift schedule

The Stillwater Lift Bridge lift summer schedule began 8 a.m. Wed, May 3. Please see schedule below. Boaters must call MnDOT at 651-234-7110 a minimum of 2 hours in advance to schedule a bridge lift outside the regularly scheduled lifts.

2017 Stillwater Lift Bridge lift schedule. The schedule is in accordance with Coast Guard Regulations -- 33 CFR 117.667.

Upcoming traffic changes

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

River traffic

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

The 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 its historic green color

Video

Stillwater Lift Bridge - Animation of Final Design