Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 36 Stillwater Lift Bridge

Between Minnesota and Wisconsin on the St. Croix River

Traffic/boating impacts

View the 2019 lift bridge schedule. Closures are tentative and weather dependent.

Celebrating Independence Day in Stillwater

With the upcoming Independence Day fireworks and other events in Stillwater, we’d like to provide some information about parking and where you can and can’t watch the fireworks display this year.

No stopping or parking on the St. Croix Crossing bridge

Stopping to let off passengers or parking on the new St. Croix Crossing bridge or the Hwy 35 bridge over Hwy 64 in Wisconsin is prohibited. Law enforcement officers from both Minnesota and Wisconsin will be present during Independence Day activities to keep traffic flowing across the new bridge and on Minnesota Hwy 36, Hwy 95 and Wisconsin Hwy 64.


Bridge closure

Aug. 2, 2017 through late fall 2019
  • The Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River is closed to all traffic.
    • Traffic has been transferred to the St. Croix Crossing bridge in Oak Park Heights. It will reopen for pedestrian and bicycle traffic only and lift for boats in early fall 2019.

About this project

The iconic Stillwater lift bridge was built in 1931 at a cost of $460,174 to replace a swing bridge dating to 1910. The cost was split evenly between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The lift bridge has become a much-loved symbol of the city of Stillwater, nestled on the west bank of the St. Croix River. The vertical lift highway bridge formerly connected Minn. Hwy 36 in Stillwater and Wis. Hwy 64 in Houlton. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

The Lift Bridge, spanning the St. Croix River, will undergo a transformation into a bicycle/pedestrian crossing. The lift bridge also will accommodate marine traffic during and after the project is complete. 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 and other local trails.

The lift bridge closed to all traffic on Aug. 2, 2017 following the opening of the new St. Croix Crossing Bridge in Oak Park Heights.

Summary of work

  • Repair steel connections
  • Restore mechanical and electrical components
  • Repair concrete railings
  • Reconstruct concourse
  • Paint lift bridge its historic green color
  • Replace lighting to replicate the original 1931 lights